SOURCE: Healthline

May 10, 2006 08:00 ET

Healthline Wins People's Voice Award as Best Health Web Site for the Tenth Annual Webby Awards

Healthline Selected Amongst Winners by the Public After 300,000 Votes Cast in All Categories

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2006 -- The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for web sites, today named Healthline for the Best Health Web site of 2006 in the annual People's Voice voting. People's Voice Winners will be honored at The Tenth Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 12th.

Hailed as the "online Oscars" by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.

Healthline, the leading Internet search engine dedicated to consumer healthcare, offers an intelligent health search platform. It surpasses categorization and filtering algorithms by leveraging medical domain expertise to go beyond presenting relevant results to helping consumers navigate through complex, interrelated medical concepts. Healthline's Medically Guided Search™ experience combines a one-million word medical terminology classification system, developed by more than 1,100 physicians and medical experts, with advanced search capabilities and tens of thousands of pages of physician-reviewed journal articles and encyclopedias from the world's foremost medical information publishers.

"The Webby Awards honors the outstanding web sites that are setting the standards for the Internet," said Tiffany Shlain, founder and ambassador of The Webby Awards. "Healthline's Webby Award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."

"Healthline is honored to have been chosen by our site members and visitors to win the equivalent of the 'People's Choice Award' of the Webbys," said West Shell III, Healthline chairman and chief executive officer. "In just six months since its launch, Healthline has become the most trusted name in online health information search. We're extremely gratified that our site users find Healthline's advanced Medically Guided Search™ capabilities integral to their personal health information search -- and have demonstrated their satisfaction with Healthline through their votes for this award."

About Healthline

Healthline Networks, Inc. provides the easiest way for consumers and medical professionals to find, understand and manage healthcare information, empowering them to make more informed decisions that lead to better health. Created in collaboration with 1,100 physicians and medical specialists, Healthline's unique Medically Guided Search™ experience is powered by a consumer health taxonomy that encompasses nearly one million medical terms and synonyms -- the largest of its kind, and one that translates everyday language and precisely matches it to complex medical information. Healthline is defining the HealthWeb, a filtered directory currently consisting of more than 170,000 health-oriented websites and 130 million pages of medical content. Combined with the company's visual HealthMaps® and personalization tools, Healthline connects users with the information, people and resources not readily available through general search engines or today's online health destinations. Based in San Francisco , Healthline is backed by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Reed Elsevier Ventures, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and JHK Investments, LLC. For more information, please visit

About The Webby Awards

Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Established in 1996, the 10th Annual Webby Awards received over 5,500 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: AOL; The Creative Group; Verizon; Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines; Fortune; OnRequest Images; IDG; iStockphoto; American Marketing Association; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced Studios; MX Interactive and Museum of the Moving Image. For more information visit

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