The American Osteopathic Association is preparing to launch a consumer Web site on osteopathic medicine and general healthcare issues, while also overhauling DO-Online.org, its physician-focused Web portal, the Chicago-based organization says.
The AOA plans to start the consumer site, www.osteopathic.org, on Jan. 5, the first business day of 2004. At the same time, all AOA employee e-mail addresses will switch to the osteopathic.org designation, according to a spokesperson, replacing the current aoa-net.org domain.
The www.aoa-net.org home page will remain up for a six-month transition period.
AOA officials say that the American Osteopathic Foundation--the previous owner of the osteopathic.org domain--will move its home page to www.aof-foundation.org.
According to the AOA, the consumer-focused site will feature news feeds with health information, tools to calculate body mass index, pregnancy due dates and other data for the general public, as well as "quick polls" on consumer health issues. Users will be able to sign up for e-mail updates on news relevant to osteopathic medicine.
In addition, the consumer site will host the online version of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the AOA says.
For D.O.s, osteopathic medical students and administrative staff, the AOA will expand news offerings and coverage of association events in the public portion of DO-Online and add physician-credentialing reports, according to the AOA. The physician site launched an online "service center" in October so members can pay dues, update personal information and sign up for AOA committees and initiatives.