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Sharecare’s AskMD Wins Appy Award for Best Medical App

Sharecare, the online health and wellness engagement platform founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and WebMD founder Jeff Arnold, today announced that its app AskMD won Best Medical App at the 4th Annual Appy Awards. AskMD is a free, iOS-exclusive app that helps consumers collect information about their symptoms, learn more about what might be causing their symptoms and connect them to the doctors and specialists qualified to treat them.

Produced by MediaPost Communications and held in conjunction with Internet Week New York, the annual Appy Awards are among the most distinguished awards in the app industry, dedicated to acknowledging creativity and excellence in app design across all platforms: mobile, social, and web-based. Winners are selected by a jury of leading tech executives who filter through hundreds of thousands of eligible apps before announcing the winners in 40 different categories at the award ceremony. The Appy Award is AskMD’s second recognition in a month, as it was recently named an official Webby Award honoree in Mobile & Apps: Health & Fitness.

AskMD guides users through a personalized pre-encounter questionnaire that delivers just-in-time evidence-based decision support, taking into account all their symptoms and other factors, like medications and known conditions, and matches their answers against the latest clinical research, providing users with results that actually are relevant to them. After a user completes the questionnaire, AskMD arms them with a summary of their results and relevant details that they can share with their physician. The questionnaires and guidance in AskMD are regularly peer-reviewed, and based on the same sources and data that most physicians use for directing care, including major textbooks, case reports, evidence-based reviews and systematic guidelines.

The AskMD App, recently launched in partnership with Hospital Corporation of America, is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch, or at www.AppStore.com/AskMD. You also can access AskMD on the web at www.sharecare.com/askmd.

About Sharecare

Sharecare is a health and wellness engagement platform that helps people to live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including local healthcare providers, high-quality information from experts, interactive programs and clinical decision support tools, including its iOS-exclusive app AskMD. The power behind Sharecare is a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of America’s top experts—greatly simplifying the search for health information – and its scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 33 million people and validated in peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE as a more accurate predictor of mortality than calendar age and the Framingham Risk Score. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice—simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta.

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