The upside to the internet: We have easy access to a lot of good information. The downside to the internet: We have easy access to a lot of not-so-good information. At the same time, we increasingly rely on the web to educate ourselves on a host of topics including health. How do we know who and what to trust?
When it comes to online health resources, one of the best ways to assess reliability is to look for URAC Accreditation. The URAC seal indicates that a health website has been reviewed for privacy and security, health content editorial processes, disclosure of financial relationships, linking policies and notice about the links you choose, and consumer complaints.
The number one URAC website is WebMD, www.webmd.com, the healthcare website with approximately 80 million visitors per month! If you're not familiar with WebMD, you'll definitely want to visit. If you're a current user, it may be time to take a closer look.
At first glance, WebMD will introduce you to controversial issues like teen suicide and recent news events such as the recent vote on the Affordable Care Act and updated news on antibiotics.
Click on the Menu Bar at the top of the page, and you'll soon find that the site offers so much more!
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."