NORWALK, Conn., August 13, 2009 -- At a dinner on September 24 at the Garden City Hotel, Long Island Business News will honor 50 Long Islanders (around the age of 50) who have demonstrated leadership in business, mentoring and support for Long Island's not-for-profit organizations, as well as commitment to the communities that support the region's businesses. George Giokas (Bohemia), Chairman of HealthDay, will be honored in this inaugural class. Winners were nominated and selected by a judging committee established by Long Island Business News.
Giokas worked as an award-winning investigative reporter, top executive editor at Newsday, and in between as an entrepreneur with his own award-winning weekly newspaper in Centre County, Pennsylvania. He returned to Long Island in 1991 and back to Newsday where he was one of the top business editors until he launched StaffWriters Plus, Inc., a business that provides editorial and staffing support to some of the region's largest companies. In 2001, he saw an opportunity to grow a company, and in a few short years with the help of private investment and a dedicated staff of professionals, assumed the role of Chairman of HealthDay, which is now the largest producer and distributor of health news in the country.
In addition to having written the "Small Talk" column for Newsday and the "Dear Diary" column for BusinessWeek on-line, Giokas recently wrote "Everyday Matters" in the NeighborNews that had a circulation of half a million. Giokas has appeared on scores of panels on journalism and on careers in journalism, and he currently teaches News Literacy in the journalism program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Active in the community, Giokas is a present and founding member of the Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet), a member of the New York Association of Temporary Services; a member of the Long Island Fair Media Council where he serves as a judge for FOLIO and as a panelist at Connection Day; a founding member and board vice president of the Strictly Students Film Festival; a mentor with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization; and a member of the Smithtown Central School District's Industry Advisory Board.
Giokas is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and Long Island University where he began his career in journalism as editor of the college newspaper, Seawanhaka. He also graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, where he honed his craft as a screenwriter.
HealthDay is the largest producer and distributor of health news in the country, and provides a daily health news service for both consumers and physicians. Its consumer health news service (www.healthday.com) appears on more than 5,000 Web sits such as Yahoo!, MSN, iVillage, Forbes.com, ABCNews,com, US News & World Report, as well as on hundreds of sites for hospitals and hospital groups and in print publications across the country.
HealthDay also produces Physician's Briefing, a news service updated twice daily providing a minimum of 15 articles a day across 27 different medical specialties; provides custom content for major news organizations and health and hospital sites on the Internet; and most recently launched HealthDay TV, a 60-second news broadcast of essential health information, which is already being sold to major outlets and the US government on health information sites.
In 2006, HealthDay was honored by the New York Enterprise Small Business Report as Business of the Year in Sales Growth.
HealthDay's Interactive Infographics take complex health and medical topics and present them in a way that is appealing, intuitive and engaging. We realize that today's generation typically prefers images to text, and welcomes the ability to swipe and click through information.
What Are HealthDay Social Graphics?
HealthDay's Social Graphics take complex health and medical topics and present them in a way that is appealing, intuitive and engaging. We realize that today's generation typically prefers images to text, and welcomes the ability to get information through graphics. Each social graphic is presented as a stand-alone GIF or MP4 file which can be embedded in an article or blog post, or on your social media.
Why Do Clients Use Our Social Graphics?
HealthDay's media clients are seeking to present information to viewers in a whole new way, and are particularly focused on new formats that work well on mobile and social media. Our Social Graphics allow users to quickly discover information that is of most interest to them. This ability to quickly get to the most meaningful content greatly increases client engagement. Providing users with an intuitive interface as a portal to additional content increases page visit times on websites.
Can Clients Customize Social Graphics?
Yes. We have a stock of generic Social Graphics that are ready for plug and play. If a client requires a solution for a specific subject area, though, we can quickly develop a Social Graphic to meet that need. You give us the topic, and we use our content to create the end product.
How Are They Delivered?
Delivery can be tailored to meet each client's intended use. We can deliver Social Graphics via an XML, JSON, or RSS feed and by download of GIF or MP4 file.
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HealthDay Now is a magazine-styled video news show, presented by HealthDay broadcast journalist Mabel Jong. In each installment Mabel discusses topical health issues with experts in their field. HealthDay Now offers excellent insight into the critical thinking behind public health administration, and also goes behind the scenes of the latest scientific research. This informative video news product is ideal for driving client engagement.
What is HealthDay Now?
In 2021, HealthDay launched the latest addition to our extensive product line-up, HealthDay Now. Award-winning HealthDay broadcast journalist Mabel Jong - a former news anchor and correspondent with CNBC, NBC News and ABC News - delivers the latest news headlines and discusses topical health issues with experts in that field.
HealthDay Now offers the latest news in video format, provides insight into the critical thinking behind public health administration, and also goes behind the scenes of the latest scientific research.
Why Do Leading Medical Media and Hospitals Use HealthDay Now?
In-house access to the very latest health news stories, the ability to attract top level experts from each health specialty, an accomplished news anchor and over 20 years of expertise in the creation of content to drive client engagement, all means that HealthDay is ideally placed to deliver excellent video news services. Video, of course, is one of the hottest areas in health media today. HealthDay Now enables our clients to provide top quality video news content to their social media or website without having to do any production or technical integration on their own. This provides consistent content to engage users/patients and opens the door for clients to then communicate company information or marketing materials.
How it is Delivered
HealthDay Now is delivered from our broadcast platform directly to your destination. Each video can be delivered as an iFrame, directly to client websites, eliminating or reducing data transfer times and disk/cloud storage issues. We can also provide the raw mp4 if so desired. In certain cases, if our interviews are live streamed, we can broadcast directly to clients' social media channels. This may require minor settings involving RTMP, but for most social media destinations all that is necessary is that you provide access. For more information on live broadcasting directly to your social media, please reach out to HealthDay's sales team.
How HealthDay Now Evolved to Meet Client Needs
The COVID-19 pandemic clearly expedited the need for video content and access to opinions and advice from key thought leaders. From the onset of the pandemic, HealthDay gave clients access to bi-weekly live streamed interviews with public health experts, through our streaming service HD Live! Throughout 2020, HealthDay worked with clients to establish needs and requirements, and eventually broadened the video offering to incorporate the latest news headlines ahead of each interview, as well as an in-depth video review of a topical health news story. As a result of iterative feedback feeding product development, HealthDay Now was launched in the spring of 2021, giving clients exactly what they requested: consistent video news content, including interview segments with key health experts.
The stories contain step-by-step guides to diseases and conditions, ranging from how a baby develops and grows, to memory care for Alzheimer's patients. Resources include information on disease and condition management, prevention and self-care, when to consult a physician, what to ask the physician and educational quizzes to test knowledge and track symptom progression.
What is HealthDay’s Wellness Library?
HealthDay's Wellness Library is a collection of more than 1,500 original encyclopedic health and medical articles. The reference-style library features informative articles, special reports, first-person essays, quizzes and much more. Arranged into 42 topic centers ranging from Alzheimer's to Women's Health, the Wellness Library offers "what you need to know" content on a wide variety of topics.
The stories contain step-by-step guides on diseases and conditions, ranging from how a baby develops and grows, to memory care for Alzheimer's patients. Resources include information on disease and condition management, prevention and self-care, when to consult a physician, what to ask the physician and educational quizzes to test knowledge and track symptom progression.
Why Do Leading Medical Media and Hospitals Use the Wellness Library?
While large research hospitals may have ample resources to create their own health and wellness libraries, regional hospitals and health facilities such as Citrus Valley Health Partners, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana and Northern Hospital of Surry County know they need to provide basic patient education as part of their service. They turn to HealthDay's Wellness Library as a turn-key solution for a fraction of the cost of making it themselves. HealthDay even takes care of reviewing and updating the content annually to ensure it stays up to date.
This deep and focused body of easy-to-understand and informative content is an excellent reference tool for engaging clients. Because of the highly granular nature of the content, clients find exactly what they are interested in reading, thus reducing bounce rates. The Wellness Library is also an excellent range of content from an SEO client acquisition standpoint.
Clients whose business model depends upon client behavioral change, such as wellness platforms, leverage this content to educate and inspire clients.
How is it Delivered?
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