State Health Department Web Site www.nyhealth.gov Awarded the Best Government Site in New York State

ALBANY, September 15, 2005 – State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. announced today that the Department has received the New York State Forum's prestigious 2005 'Best of the Web' Award for its state-of-the-art and user-friendly web site, www.health.ny.gov.

The Forum, part of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, is a network of public officials and state government organizations who focus on information management, policy, and technology. To be eligible for the award, government web sites had to be functioning at the time of the nomination and be in compliance with the New York State Office for Technology's best practices. A panel of judges reviewed each of the sites nominated and evaluated applications on the innovative use of technology, value to the user, and cost-efficiency to the agency.

"The Department's new-look website has been modernized and includes a wide array of health care information in a concise and easy-to-read format. People looking for accurate and reliable health care information can obtain it 24/7 from any computer with internet access, anywhere in the world," said Dr. Novello. "This website builds on Governor George E. Pataki's initiatives to provide the public with the most current information in State government so that they can make better informed decisions, particularly when it comes to their health care."

The website offers the general public, health care providers and researchers access to improved search capabilities, global navigation features and an 'A to Z' index in both English and Spanish. The web site also provides user-friendly links to 'help' and department 'contact' information.

The Department's website has grown to include more than 45,000 documents and receives more than 30 million hits each year. The physician profile page alone has experienced unprecedented volume, with more than 3.5 million hits so far this year.