Maternal health was the top health issue that Internet users in San Diego searched for in 2010, according to an analysis of visitors to Scripps.org, the website of the Scripps Health system.
“New and expectant parents are doing more research online than ever,” said Polly King, a nurse and maternal child health patient care manager with Scripps Health, where about 10,000 babies are born annually. “Parents are increasingly interested in the information available online, from lactation assistance and prenatal classes to weekly healthy baby e-mails.”
The list of the top 10 search terms on Scripps.org for 2010 is as follows:
2. Urgent care
4. Flu shots
Scripps.org offers a wide range of informational and educational resources for patients. Its health library offers articles on nutrition, disease, tests, symptoms and other important topics. Visitors can also view specialized wellness information for men, women and children, along with a calendar of community health events and classes.
Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2.3 billion, private not-for-profit integrated health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,500 affiliated physicians and 13,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and ambulatory care network of physician offices and 22 outpatient centers and clinics.
Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research, genomic medicine, wireless health care and graduate medical education. Scripps has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 10 health systems in the nation for quality care. With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. More information can be found at Scripps.org.