ObesityHelp and MDnetSolutions Partner to Offer Enhanced Services to Professionals and Patients

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ObesityHelp™ and MDnetSolutions have formed a partnership to assist bariatric professionals and clients to efficiently acquire, track and manage their patient populations. Combining the resources and experience of two industry leaders, this alliance will offer the bariatric professional community an easy, affordable and highly-effective method of marketing and managing their practices.

In an innovative collaboration to meet the growing needs of the bariatric surgery industry, ObesityHelp™ and MDnetSolutions have formed a partnership to assist bariatric professionals and clients to efficiently acquire, track and manage their patient populations. Combining the resources and experience of two industry leaders, this alliance will offer the bariatric professional community an easy, affordable and highly-effective method of marketing and managing their practices. This new web-based approach to surgery office management has the potential not only to improve the surgical experience for the patient, but also to encourage practice expansion for the surgeon.

ObesityHelp™, the nation's leading bariatric support community website, will integrate MDnetSolutions' suite of practice management software, as well as call center services and website design, as services supplemental to the core offerings of ObesityHelp's portfolio. ObesityHelp's current professional services include their extensive professional member directory, which is an online resource for its 600,000 members and over one million monthly visitors. MDnetSolutions, a company that specializes in custom software design and marketing, is a pioneer in providing online practice management tools designed specifically for surgeons and their practices.

Today's announcement will give ObesityHelp's professional members access to a wide range of integrated services and products that will leverage the social networking and marketing capabilities of ObesityHelp's website with the website development, lead tracking and call center capabilities available through MDnetSolutions. As part of their ObesityHelp membership, physicians will be introduced to the practice management software created by MDnetSolutions. Currently, ObesityHelp lists over 2,200 bariatric surgeons, hospitals and clinics on their professional member directory.

"This is absolutely a natural fit," said Jason Riddle, Marketing Director of ObesityHelp. "This partnership will help bariatric practitioners grow their businesses, while empowering patients to make informed choices about their weight loss surgery goals. We're thrilled to offer the services that MDnetSolutions has developed to our professional members."

Previously, bariatric professionals faced a fragmented market when it came to practice management software. Standalone vendors were offering only website design, or just call center services. MDnetSolutions offers reputable integrated services, including practice management systems, call center, lead tracking and website development. ObesityHelp's high visibility in the marketplace, combined with the convenience of MDnetSolutions' practice development services, will change the way surgeons conduct business. By streamlining the administrative challenges of marketing their practice and tracking leads and patients efficiently, surgeons and their practices can devote more time to patient care.

"By incorporating MDnetSolutions comprehensive services--including the LeadTracker, call center and website design--with my ObesityHelp professional membership, my practice is completely automated in terms of managing and responding to the incoming leads that are generated by my profile on ObesityHelp.com and through my other marketing efforts," said Terry Simpson, MD, of Southwest Weight Loss. "In addition, MDnetSolutions' online seminar registration tool has helped me capture and manage pertinent information from ObesityHelp leads that link to my site for more information, which has saved my office staff the many hours they might normally spend entering this data manually and following up."

Elizabeth Sisney, Sr. Vice President of Practice Development for MDnetSolutions, said "We have enormous respect for what ObesityHelp does for both practitioners and patients, so we are proud to partner with them to help the bariatric community. We feel strongly that together, we have a comprehensive and integrated suite of patient acquisition, practice management and productivity tools and those tools really do make a big difference to physicians and their patients in this industry."

"This is a big breakthrough for those physicians and patients that are part of the ObesityHelp™ community" said, Rich Rosenzweig, President of MDnetSolutions. "The physician will now be able to seamlessly integrate MDnet's practice management tools, including an integrated feed to the BOLD system, while leveraging ObesityHelp's member community and marketing value nationwide. This partnership provides the best in class systems and services of two industry leaders all focused toward the ultimate care and service of the patient and provider."

"I've received great visibility on ObesityHelp's member listing and, by employing MDnetSolutions' LeadTracker and professional bariatric call center service, I am able to manage and respond to inquiries generated by my membership without employing additional staff," said Trace Curry, MD. "I have had leads--that might otherwise have fallen through the cracks--turn into clinical patients because they received the information and communications they needed to gain confidence in my practice and feel comfortable with the surgical process," he said. "This is the direct result of implementing MDnetSolutions' practice management tools in conjunction with the visibility and credibility that comes from being an ObesityHelp professional member."

ObesityHelp Inc., of Irvine, California, (http://www.ObesityHelp.com) is the leading online community for bariatric patients and professionals. ObesityHelp is also the publisher of two magazines: OH Magazine, geared toward bariatric patients, and Bariatrics Today, for bariatric professionals. ObesityHelp also hosts regional and national conferences to educate new and veteran weight loss surgery patients on bariatric procedures, advances and aftercare.

MDnetSolutions of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (http://www.mdnetsolutions.com) is the nation's largest provider of software systems and services targeted specifically to the bariatric professional. The company has developed a comprehensive, in-depth package of integrated solutions, including practice management systems, integrated outcome management systems, patient tracking and communication software. MDnetSolutions also develops highly functional bariatric-focused websites, with search engine optimization services, and operates a fully-functional call center designed specifically for bariatric-centric clients.

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