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Release: May 15, 2001

UI's Virtual Hospital named among top 50 Web sites by Scientific American

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital is one of 50 Web sites to be named a winner of Scientific American's first-ever "SciTech Web Awards 2001."

The awards represent Scientific American's choices as the best science and technology sites on the World Wide Web. The publication selected five Web sites from 10 categories; the Virtual Hospital was included in the "Medicine" category. Other Web sites listed in this category were Gray's Anatomy, the Visible Human Project, the Big Picture Book of Viruses, and HIV InSite. The complete list of winners can be found at the Scientific American Web site: www.scientificamerican.com.

Writing about the Virtual Hospital, the Web editors at Scientific American said, "Medical professionals and laypeople alike will find an abundance of health-care information at this digital health sciences library, courtesy of the University of Iowa. Here visitors can read up on asthma, view dissected human brains, watch an x-ray video clip of the human ankle in motion, consult a booklet on hip replacement -- the list goes on."

Founded in 1992 by faculty and staff members in the UI department of radiology, the Virtual Hospital was one of the first 250 sites on the Web. Virtual Hospital content is drawn from UI Health Care faculty, including emeritus and junior faculty and medical residents. About 150 faculty authors have contributed their work. The Virtual Hospital serves not only as a resource for information for health care professionals and the public, but also as an entrance point for people interested in receiving health care at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. The Virtual Hospital also delivers continuing education to health care providers.

In 2000, more than 7.9 million people visited the Virtual Hospital site from around the United States and the world.

The Virtual Hospital can be found on the Web at www.vh.org. For more information about the site, contact Greg Johnson, manager of the Virtual Hospital, at (319) 356-7698 or via e-mail at gregory-johnson@uiowa.edu.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.