State Health Department Launches nyhealth.gov

Web Site Features Enhanced Capabilities, Increased Efficiency for Public Use

ALBANY, January 13, 2005 — The New York State Department of Health today announced that it has launched a new redesigned web site, http://www.health.ny.gov, which features enhanced capabilities and increased efficiencies for public use.

The Department's web site, which serves more than 2.4 million pages to nearly 750,000 visitors per month, was redesigned to make it easier to navigate and access information on important health department initiatives and health-related topics.

State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H, said, "To better ensure that New Yorkers have access to critical health care information we've made significant improvements through the creation of nyhealth.gov to make it more user-friendly and easy to access. With more than 750,000 visitors per month it is clear that health care and related topics are important to the public, providers and researchers, and we are committed to making this information available in the most efficient way possible to them."

The web site's enhanced capabilities feature easy-to-read text on comprehensive and complex health department programs and related topics, a "common sense" navigational design that includes a topic-based A-Z index, faster down load times, improved search capabilities and increased accessibility to Spanish content.

The site improves access for disabled individuals by offering more standards compliant pages that are friendly to assistive technologies, alternate file formats and more descriptive and easy to find page links. The public may access the Department's web site through the newly established web address domains at: http://www.nyhealth.gov and http://www.newyorkhealth.gov. The public may also access the Department's web site through the existing domain at: http://www.health.ny.gov.