NH Department of Health Partners with Medscape to Enhance Public Health Alert System

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

today announces a new partnership with Medscape that will enhance

communication efforts of urgent public health messages to New Hampshire’s

health care professionals. Medscape from WebMD, is a leading source of

clinical news, health information and point-of-care tools for healthcare


“This partnership complements our current Heath Alert Network (HAN) system

and will allow us to heighten our efforts and reach additional New

Hampshire health care professionals in a timely manner,” said Dr. José

Montero, Public Health Director at DHHS.

Presently, the Department delivers critical health information through

health alerts sent to state and local public health agencies, healthcare

providers, hospitals, and emergency management officials as part of the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) national HAN system.

Since January 2012, New Hampshire has sent 40 health alerts to over 4,000

medical and public health partners that provided situational updates and

awareness of emerging public health threats including the national fungal

meningitis outbreak, Hepatitis C outbreak, influenza, Novel Avian Influenza

A (H7N9) virus, Lyme Disease and West Nile virus.

Information is currently distributed through the HAN system to public

health partners who sign up with the Department for this free service.

Medscape will now distribute this information to their members as well,

helping to expand the reach of our messages within the healthcare


"Medscape is the leading source of news and health information for

healthcare providers," said Robert Marotta, Senior Vice President & Chief

Regulatory Counsel of WebMD. "We will work alongside the New Hampshire

State Department of Health on both a state and local level to enhance

existing channels of communication to physicians and swiftly and

effectively reach healthcare providers with urgent health information when


For more information about the Health Alerts in New Hampshire, visit the

DHHS website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/alerts/index.htm.