February 9, 2017

TheGIConnection Adds New Virtual Support Group for Gastroparesis

By cancerconnect
TheGIConnection Adds New Virtual Support Group for Gastroparesis

Sun Valley ID & Austin TX— OMNI Health Media (OMNI) announces the launch of a new online community for individuals with gastroparesis on theGIConnection.com and leading Gastroenterology (GI) clinic websites like Gastro Health Miami and Legacy Medical Group Gastroenterology. This community will provide gastroparesis patients and their loved ones with welcome information and support. Join the conversation in the gastroparesis group here.

Gastroparesis is a condition in which your stomach cannot empty itself of food in a normal fashion. Descriptions of patients with gastroparesis and the concerns they have with their disorder has been lacking. A recent survey sponsored by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) highlights these issues and is summarized here. The new gastroparesis community will provide patients and their loved ones with welcome information and support. Join the conversation in the gastroparesis group.

theGIConnection.com founder Charles Weaver, MD says, “Our decision to launch this community reflects our commitment to providing people who have been diagnosed with chronic conditions a place to connect. Everyone facing a serious diagnosis should have access to a trusted resource to learn more about their condition and find support from others facing a similar diagnosis.”

Research shows that patients seek validation, information, and support via social media. Unlike other social media platforms, theGIConnection allows individuals to interact in a confidential, safe, and secure environment. Members of the Gastro Health Miami, Legacy Medical Group Gastroenterology and other leading providers will be able to participate in the gastroparesis group and other disease-specific national groups that provide support and education. Support groups include: inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis, Barrett’s esophagus, GI cancers, irritable bowel syndrome, caregiving, health and wellness, clinical trials, insurance, nutrition, and survivorship.

“People with GI conditions and their caregivers need ongoing access to support—not just during a brief office visit with their physician, but when they go home and do research. They need help during sleepless nights as well as busy days,” explains Charles Weaver, MD, a medical oncologist and CEO of OMNI.

About theGIConnection: TheGIConnection is an online support community providing information, inspiration, and support for individuals with conditions affecting the GI tract. As part of the OMNI Connect platform, theGIConnection not only meets the needs of gastroenterology patients and caregivers but also provides clinics and hospitals with a safe and secure social media solution that allows them to increase referrals, improve patient retention and enhance patient engagement by providing 24/7 support and creating community for their patients while extending their brand.

TheGIConnection was created to facilitate access to news, information, education, and support for patients with chronic GI conditions including cances, acid reflux and Barrett’s esophagus, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, and other conditions affecting the GI tract. TheGIConnection has already gained national attention in a recent review in Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.

About OMNI Health Media:

OMNI Health Media (OMNI) is a leading specialty Website and Application developer and publisher of consumer health information. OMNI has developed and manages CancerConnect, theGIConnection, theRAConnection, and theSpineCommunity, and manages Women magazine, These educational resources and social communities can be accessed directly or used by gastroenterologists, oncologists, and rheumatologists to provide support and build community on their websites for their patients in a safe, secure, moderated environment.

Originally established in 1996 as a cancer patient education resource, OMNI has consistently expanded its platform by integrating technologic advances with its health information content, applications and services. OMNI has been recognized for producing award-winning, multi-media content which reaches over 1.5 million health information seekers in English, Japanese, and Spanish every month.

Contact chweaver@omnihealthmedia.com

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