SOURCE: Healthline Networks

November 14, 2006 08:00 ET

U.S. News & World Report Selects Healthline to Provide Intelligent Health Services for Its "Best Health" Site

Comprehensive Content, Technology and Marketing Agreement Adds Healthline's Advanced Search and Navigation Capabilities to Publication's Award-Winning Health Portal

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- Healthline Networks (, the leading provider of intelligent health information services, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with U.S. News & World Report for Healthline to power the health category on the U.S. News Best Health portal. The multiyear agreement calls for U.S. News & World Report to integrate Healthline's full suite of medically guided search, navigation and content services on the magazine's Web site, and gives Healthline rights to numerous U.S. News site resources. This unique partnership will significantly enhance the consumer experience on the U.S. News health portal, and will enable Healthline to create special content areas on its site and augment its proprietary Trust Marks search results accreditation.

Beginning in first quarter 2007, consumers who visit the U.S. News Best Health site will benefit from search results, navigation tools and content presentation powered by Healthline's Medically Guided Search(SM) platform. Healthline's suite of services are built on the company's proprietary semantic taxonomy -- the largest, multilayered consumer medical database of its kind, created and maintained by a team of medical informatics professionals. The agreement will also provide visitors to with access to select health information from U.S. News, including its health news feed and its exclusive rankings on health plans and hospitals.

"As a leading news publisher, U.S. News & World Report has long understood the growing importance of providing our visitors with the ability to search and discover a wide range of health and medical information," said Bill Holiber, president, U.S. News & World Report. "Our collaboration with Healthline will allow our visitors to explore our Best Health content using organization and navigation resources developed by medical professionals. Best Health is a site that has successfully elevated itself as a leading resource for a range of health information, from health plan rankings to breaking health news."

Healthline Networks' suite of intelligent health information services includes search, navigation and content components that address consumers' most significant healthcare need today: access to contextually relevant, quality information supported by intuitive navigation tools that guide them to more informed decisions. Healthline's partners can implement these services either separately or as an integrated suite. The company's unique Medically Guided Search experience combines the world's largest consumer medical taxonomy, developed by more than 1,100 physicians and informatics specialists, with advanced search and navigation technology and licensed content, including physician-reviewed journal articles and medical encyclopedias from the world's foremost medical information publishers.

"This partnership is the best example to date of a customer taking advantage of Healthline's full menu of services to provide its site users with the most feature-rich, comprehensive health search available anywhere," said West Shell III, chairman and chief executive officer, Healthline Networks. "It clearly demonstrates the power of our semantic taxonomy across two leading resources for health seekers. At the same time, Healthline is thrilled to have access to the authoritative and insightful U.S. News health news and ratings content that has received so much critical acclaim. We are excited to help build a 'best of class' health portal and further Mort Zuckerman's vision of giving consumers direct access to the best health information available."

About U.S. News & World Report

Founded in 1933, the weekly national news magazine U.S. News & World Report is devoted to investigative journalism and reporting and to analyzing national and international affairs, politics, business, health, science, technology and social trends. Through its annual rankings of America's Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools, America's Best Hospitals and America's Best Health Plans, as well as its News You Can Use® brand, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. Available online at, the U.S. News Web site extends that brand promise and delivers the best, most accurate information on the Web, organized in a way that is accessible and easy to use.

About Healthline

Healthline Networks offers an innovative approach to meeting the needs of today's health information seeker. The company's unique consumer healthcare taxonomy, created in 1999 in collaboration with 1,100 medical specialists, powers a suite of intelligent health search, navigation and content services. Combining advanced search technology with deep medical expertise, Healthline and its business partners -- a network of trusted destination sites that include publishers, portals, search engines, employers and health plans -- help consumers navigate the complex world of healthcare information, empowering them to make more confident, informed decisions. Headquartered in San Francisco, Healthline is backed by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Reed Elsevier Ventures, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and JHK Investments, LLC.

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