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Creating Supermarkets on the Web

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Search HHS.gov for any disease and prepare to be astounded. You will find: 556,000 results on Diabetes; 206,000 results on Breast Cancer; 474,000 results on Alcoholism; and 302,000 results on Dieting. What are the chances you’ll find the specific information you need in even, let’s say, the first ten sites you visit?

There’s a reason people shop in supermarkets. They get almost everything they need in one stop. Often, plus a few things they didn’t need. Supermarkets are fast, efficient, and effective. By comparison, our Web is like a street fair.

But we’re changing. We’re starting to build content supermarkets on the Web. We call them topic-based consumer sites. They bring the best of our related content together in one place. We’re even working with other Departments to build cross-federal Web supermarkets.

stopbullying.govStopBullying.gov provides information from various federal agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how people can prevent, and respond to bullying. Content for this website is developed by an interagency effort led by the Department of Education and HHS.

FoodSafety.gov FoodSafety.gov is the gateway to federal food safety information. The site delivers food safety updates, including recall information. It also provides safe food handling information. Federal agencies with a role in this initiative include the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

flu.govFlu.gov is the central source for information on seasonal flu, emerging flu viruses, and pandemic flu preparation. Launched in 2005, it was the first ever cross-federal site. It’s unusual in that while its primary purpose is to provide consumer information, it’s also central to planning for potential flu pandemics, providing guidance, tools and information for health care providers, state and local governments, schools and businesses, as well as individuals. Primary information providers are HHS and the Departments of Education, Commerce, Agriculture, and the Interior.

What would you like to see in a Web supermarket? Tell us your experience and suggest a topic you would like consolidated on a single website.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Domestic violence information. Also, information about careers at HHS.
Submitted by Anonymous on
I would like to suggest links that separarate health concerns by gender, age, and/or ethnicity. Additionally, links health concerns affecting children, such as asthma and obesity Thank you for the work you do for the health of our nation! Reduction or elimination begins with education!
Submitted by Anonymous on
I have an Aunt with Cancer in Orlando Florida. Never once did a patient Rep or social worker ask her if she had help at home when she was discharged from the hospital each time. Her daughter had to care for her and was unable to work. I think there should be an area for care givers to request assistance getting help caring for thier loved one's who are on Medicare. Also, there should be an area in this section to report any health professional or home health individual that doesn't do their job when they see the patient, also the home health agency that sends people out doesn't always respond to complaints, so they should be watched too. I believe this would do 3 things: 1. It would improve the quality of care a patient receives at home,in doctors offices and the hospitals, 2. It would cut costs to medicare, because it would weed out claims where the care wasn't provided to the patient & 3. The care giver could actually have more time for thier daily activities(ie. Job, family,etc..) when they don't have to police the health care worker and spend hours on the phone asking for things the patient needs. I have been a nurse for over 30 years in the Chicago area & I can't understand why there is no continuity of care in many Healthcare settings anymore or why older cancer patients are totally written off by many doctors. My Aunt needs to be kept hydrated with IV's a few times per week and multiple doctors wouldn't give an order to have the home health nurse give IV fluid.(she doesn't have any heart problems) This would have saved Medicare thousands of dollars, because each time she was dehydrated she had to be admitted to the hospital again, Almost every 2-3 weeks, what a waste of money! I would personally say the care received from these Orlando Hospitals, doctors, nurses and Home Health agencies was the worst I have ever seen or heard of, they are just sucking medicare dry without giving the appropriate care! I think our elders need all the support and care they deserve whether they are dying of cancer or not. It is time to expect Quality care for everyone, any help you could give family members would truely be appreciated by anyone having to care for a sick family member or friend. It is also time to "Call Out" the health care providers and agencies whom are providing "subpar" care, insist they improve & do the job right or take away their licenses and shut down thier business. This web site would not only help the patients and the family care giver it could help the government keep an eye on Health entities committing fraud by charging Medicare and Medicaid when they don't actually provide the service. Also, it might be able to track Health care providers in hospitals and offices that aren't treating all the patients problems, so they need to be readmitted to the hospital a week or 2 later. If medicaid & medicare patients (or thier Family care giver) were required to fill out survey (paper or online)about care received from all healthcare entities, I'm sure billions would be saved annually not to mention cutting a huge amount of fraudulant claims & getting rid of terrible Healthcare professionals. IT IS TIME to put Health & Care back in Healthcare. [name withheld for privacy]
Submitted by Anonymous on
Regarding "people first", I would like to see you create your own catch phrase instead of.... borrowing one that has been being used by People With Disabilities (PWDs) for SEVERAL YEARS.. Since circa 2005 that I know of, in fact. Best wishes, [name withheld for privacy].
Submitted by Anonymous on
Love the idea! Webmarkets: on where we should find information and access to all kind of programs that can benefit a family; singles, married w/kids orwithout babies, elderly people, single moms! Links to get a better education (would't be a burden to the state anymore), there are needed a lot more of adult education programs. Without doing networking! Bullying: excellent topic! Have 6 grandkids and believe that is something we suffer with them every day! But unless we go online back and forth you dont really know what are your choices . Health choices:centers and tools! information for teens: where they should go for help in any type of situation! I got excited! Love this websupermarket idea! Go web!
Submitted by Anonymous on
Doctors who still accept Medicare patients after your Dr dropped out of the program.
Submitted by Anonymous on
I like your supermarket idea and suggest you put contents on additions and mental health as well as other programs
Submitted by Anonymous on
I would like to a better choices in products are American made and cleaning products that are safe around people,kids ,babies ,and our pets.and more choices in the way our food is is produced like cereal and crackers,Graham Crackers and other snacks .I think we need better lables on products
Submitted by Anonymous on
Since you are responsible for the healthcare.gov site how about you make sure that information is correct and not a lie.
Submitted by Anonymous on
Where to go for help if you can no longer afford to feed your pet. What to do if you cannot keep your pets due to housing issues. We have places to go for help. The problem is how does the information get to the most needy? This is not known to most people and some elderly will starve to feed the pet they love because itis all they have. I think we have a growing need for this.