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May 16, 2011 - USA Health System Launches New Website Design
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The University of South Alabama Health System has improved its website that is available for patients, clinicians, researchers, employees and students. The new site – http://www.usahealthsystem.com/ – launched this past Wednesday.

Underscoring the importance of websites in academic medicine, a recent report published by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that the majority of aspiring medical students view medical school websites as the No. 1 information source when choosing medical schools.

The report found that 59 percent of aspirants cited medical school websites as the top information source, surpassing information sources such as friends, word-of-mouth, recent graduates, admission requirements and U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The report, titled “Use and Evaluation of Medical School Information Sources by Aspiring Medical Students,” can be found here – https://www.aamc.org/download/184190/data/aibvol11_no3.pdf .

In addition to providing an improved communication channel for aspiring medical students, the new website will also improve the patient experience. New features include access to social media, online event registration, comprehensive faculty searches and detailed information on inpatient and outpatient services.

“This new site reflects the hard work and collective efforts of more than 100 faculty and staff,” said Becky Tate, chief executive officer of the USA Health Services Foundation. “This will be a dynamic site that will act as a window into the health system for our patients, students and referring physicians.

"We are pleased that our new site accurately represents the close relationship between all entities of our health system - the USA Physicians Group, USA College of Medicine, USA Medical Center, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, and USA Mitchell Cancer Institute," added Tate.

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