(Atlanta, GA - October 3, 2011) – Sharecare announced today that the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has joined their robust network of experts to help answer patient questions about anesthesia experiences. The ASA is an advocate for patients who require anesthesia care in a variety of settings including: operating rooms, surgical centers, intensive care units or pain clinics.
The partnership between the ASA and Sharecare enables surgical patients across the country to have access to the ASA's 46,000 members, who can answer questions online related to the perioperative surgical process from start to finish including: what anesthesia is, pre/post-anesthetic evaluation and treatment, the different types of anesthetics, what to expect during surgery, and possible complications that may occur.
"The ASA is pleased to partner with Sharecare to provide patients with accurate information they need to know about anesthesiology," said Dr. John F. Dombrowski, ASA Chair of the Committee on Communications. "When patients are well informed and prepared for surgery, they are likely to have better medical and anesthesia outcomes."
Each year, an estimated 40 million anesthetics are administered to patients undergoing surgery in the United States alone and more than 90 percent of all practicing anesthesiologists in the United States are affiliated with the ASA. As a renowned educational and professional association, the ASA will now bring their knowledge and expertise to Sharecare.com in an effort to increase awareness about anesthesiology, educate patients and their families about the process, and improve patient care.
"With the addition of the ASA to Sharecare's expert network of health and wellness professionals, patients now have easy access to information about anesthesia and credible physicians that can address their concerns and prepare them for surgery." said Jeff Arnold, Chairman and Chief Architect of Sharecare. "We hope that by providing patients with a reliable online resource where they can find answers to their most pressing health concerns will empower them with the tools to improve their overall health and wellbeing."
Visit the ASA's page on Sharecare.com at: http://www.sharecare.com/group/american-society-anesthesiologists.
Launched in 2010 and based in Atlanta, GA, Sharecare's mission is to greatly simplify the search for high-quality healthcare information and answer the world's questions of health. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International (NASDAQ: HSWI), Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, the Sharecare interactive social Q & A platform allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness. The company's innovative approach provides a wide array of expert answers to each question ranging from hospitals to MDs to non-profits to healthcare companies to active health consumers, ultimately creating a community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice.
About American Society of Anesthesiologists
Anesthesiologists: Physicians providing the lifeline of modern medicine. Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association with 46,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.
ASA Public Relations Manager
WCG on behalf of Sharecare