Health knowledge made personal

About Wellsphere

Wellsphere’s mission is to help millions of people live healthier, happier lives by connecting them with the knowledge, people and tools they need to manage and improve their health.
Recognizing that each person has their own unique health questions, we developed a model that combines personalized information, social support, and online tools to help people address their individual concerns. With this understanding, Wellsphere has created innovative ways for its community to receive and share information and advice, to help each person deal with their health issues and get the motivation they need to achieve their healthy living goals.
A key feature of Wellsphere is our WellPages. After extensive research and development, Wellsphere created WellPages, which enable people to quickly and efficiently find comprehensive, personal answers and support for their specific health needs — all on one personalized webpage. In addition to expert and patient articles, WellPages present a holistic view, including relevant news, articles, videos and pictures from reliable sources ranging from the FDA and Harvard Medical School to leading health and fitness magazines. Instead of having to spend hours visiting many different websites to get a complete answer to their health concerns, people can instantly get a comprehensive picture within seconds. Powered by Wellsphere’s Health Knowledge EngineTM, WellPages provide the unique ability to quickly and efficiently answer people’s specific health needs, and has made one of the leading consumer health websites in the world.
Another key to Wellsphere’s success is the breadth of knowledge across its network of experts and experienced health writers, and within its caring community. Wellsphere’s HealthBlogger Network consists of over 3,000 writers and bloggers and includes leading medical minds from Stanford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale and other top Medical Schools, as well as patients facing difficult diseases, who bravely share their stories of survival. Wellsphere is extremely selective in admitting writers into its network, ensuring that they are highly credible, eloquent, and caring. By creating such an extensive writer network, Wellsphere is able to connect people with a variety of personal and medical perspectives on any health issue.
In addition to connecting people with information from its community, Wellsphere provides an innovative suite of tools – for free – to enable users to take steps to improve their health. We call these WellTools, and they include:
Wellternatives — This web and mobile tool provides nutrition information for menu items at thousands of restaurants across the country, and suggests a healthier alternative so people can make healthier menu choices at their favorite restaurants.
WellWidgets — Wellsphere’s widget platform lets people take Wellsphere to-go by adding the Wellternatives menu lookup tool, daily WellTips, and Wellevation – daily motivational quotes – to their blogs or social networking profiles.
WellPrizes — This motivational tool allows people to harness the power of incentives by declaring a reward for themselves when they achieve a goal.
Wellsphere is about community and creating ways to make each of us healthier.
Wellsphere — health knowledge made personal.
Wellsphere is part of HealthCentral.
We’d like to thank our knowledge partners and resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Health Service (NHS)*
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Stanford University
And give special thanks to our top medical expert contributors:
Jennifer Berman, MD
Rima Bishara, MD
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS
Toni Brayer, MD
John Briffa, MD
Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT
Daniel Carlet, MD
Christine Carter, PhD
Sheila Cason, MD
Kalea Chapman, PsyD
Jennifer Chu, MD
Mitch Cohen, MD
William Davis, MD
William Dement, MD, PhD
John Di Saia, MD
Kirsti Dyer, MD
Miriam Englander, MD
Richard Fogoros, MD
Greg Fowler, PhD
Mark Frisse, MD
Erik Gregory, PhD
Jan Gurley, MD
Rene Hackney, PhD
John Halamka, MD
Gemzel Hernandez, MD
Ramunas Janavicius, MD
Philippa Kennealy, MD
Farhan Khan, MD
Arnon Krongrad, MD
Elisabeth Kuhn, PhD
Shaheen Lakhan, MD
Irene Levine, PhD
Jason Litner, MD
John Lloyd, PhD
Dorree Lynn, PhD
Mike Magee, MD
Melissa McCreery, PhD
Matthew Mintz, MD
Brian Moore, MD
Bob Myers, PhD
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH
Gwenn O’Keeffe, MD
Robert Oliver, MD
John Oro, MD
Judy Paley, MD
Charles Parker, MD
Chris Patil, PhD
Michael Pearlman, MD
Martha Peaslee Levine, MD
Michael Rockwell, MD
Geoffrey Rutledge, MD
Rich Schoor, MD
Sid Schwab, MD
Heather Shenkman, MD
Virginia Sherr, MD
Karen Shue, PhD
Rory Stern, PsyD
Charlotte Thomson, MD
Laurie Weiss, PhD
Judith Wurtman, PhD
Tony Youn, MD
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