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Healthcare 411 for Consumers is a free online resource that educates and empowers consumers with evidence-based information. Produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), these weekly audio and video programs feature consumer-friendly health news and information. Subscribers to HC411 for Consumers will receive relevant and timely information enabling consumers to take an active role in their health care.

Healthcare 411 for Clinicians is a free weekly online health news series produced by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The audio and video programs feature news and information on current health care topics with reports on AHRQ’s latest research. Healthcare 411 for Clinicians includes a variety of podcasts, media and interviews that provide clinicians with timely information to assist in improving the quality of their health care delivery.
http://www.healthcare411.org/pod/ahrqconsumer.xml http://www.healthcare411.org/pod/ahrq.xml
What is podcasting?

Podcasting is a way of making a radio-type broadcast available on demand. Podcasts typically are downloaded from Web sites and played on your computer or on a portable media player such as an iPod®. More information about podcasting is available through the following Web sites: Wikipedia; Yahoo® Podcasts.

How do I subscribe to a program as a podcast?

If you want to receive all new AHRQ program titles as they are published, you can subscribe to the entire newscast series. You will need to add “podcatching” software to your computer. Some software choices are available here:

(AHRQ doesn't endorse any subscription software. This brief list is provided for your convenience.)

AHRQcast branded player with preloaded podcast
information (Juice®)
  Download For Windows 2000, XP or Vista
  Download For Mac OS X v10.3 and above
  Juice® (PC, Mac and [soon] Linux)
   iPodderX® (Mac)
   iTunes® (PC and Mac)
  Yahoo® Podcasts (PC only)
  Odeo® (PC)

Once you have downloaded “podcatching” software to your computer open the section that allows you to "subscribe to a podcast." You will then be asked to copy and paste the podcast URL into the box provided. The Consumer and Clinician URLs are listed under the podcast descriptions above. After submitting the URL you will be copied on all AHRQ podcasts as they are posted. There is no charge to subscribe.
How do I listen or watch a program?

To listen or watch any individual program, you can simply select the “Listen” or “Watch” button next to the program title. You will need the Flash plug-in to hear audio or video on our site. You can get the latest Flash plug-in here.

System Requirements:

The following table summarizes the minimum hardware and software requirements to download the audio onto a computer or portable audio device.


Minimum Requirements


266 MHz Intel® Pentium® II processor or equivalent

Memory (RAM)

64 MB of RAM


28.8 Kbps modem

Sound Card

16-bit sound card and speakers

Digital Media Player

Flash Player 9

Operating System

Mac OS® X, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0TM

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