Nemours' KidsHealth Teams Up With VoiceCorp to Improve Usability of Online Health Information

Jun 22, 2010, 09:58 ET from VoiceCorp

WILMINGTON, Delaware, June 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --

- New Audio Feature Enables Website to Reach More People

KidsHealth.org, the #1 website devoted to children's health and development, has partnered with VoiceCorp to implement ReadSpeaker audio functionality on its website. This new audio feature reads KidsHealth articles aloud to significantly improve the site's usability.

By clicking on the "Listen" icon at the top of all KidsHealth articles, visitors can hear the article read by an automated voice reader - in English or Spanish. Simultaneously, the text is highlighted to help users follow along. Visitors also can download an MP3 file of the audiocast to listen to later, an important feature for mobile phone users.

KidsHealth added ReadSpeaker for users with reading difficulties and those who prefer to read along with highlighted text.

"The ReadSpeaker software is ideal for online visitors with reading handicaps such as dyslexia or anyone who prefers to have information read aloud," says Neil Izenberg, MD, founder and editor-in-chief of KidsHealth. "Readspeaker also makes our website more accessible to a larger audience, some of whom may not have any other source for online health information."

"We strongly believe that the implementation of our ReadSpeaker application on KidsHealth.org will help to give larger audiences easier access to the onscreen text in a way that was never previously possible," says Joop Heijenrath, managing partner at VoiceCorp. "Already we see tremendous use of more than 1 million activations in the first month of service."

About KidsHealth

KidsHealth.org is the #1 site devoted to children's health and development in English and Spanish. Each year, over 200 million parents, kids, and teens turn to KidsHealth.org for expert answers, making it the Web's most-accessed site on children's health. KidsHealth.org has been honored as one of the 30 Best Websites by U.S. News & World Report, one of the 50 Coolest Websites by TIME magazine, and the Best Family Health Site "For Moms" by Good Housekeeping. KidsHealth comes from Nemours, one of the nation's largest nonprofit pediatric health systems.

About VoiceCorp (http://www.readspeaker.com)

VoiceCorp develops web-based speech-enabling applications to enhance the user experience and increase the accessibility of web content. ReadSpeaker, its flagship product, is available in different versions and languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin, Korean and Japanese.

Contact: press@voice-corp.com

SOURCE VoiceCorp