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SearchMedica.com Earns World Wide Web Health Award for Outstanding Quality
Aug 21, 2008 (10:08 AM EDT)


DARIEN, Conn., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- SearchMedica.com, the leading search engine for medical professionals, was awarded the Silver Award for Outstanding Quality in the World Wide Web Health Awards, which are organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) and honor the best online health information. SearchMedica earned recognition in the category of Portal or Gateway site in the Professional class.

"This award validates what we set out to accomplish in developing SearchMedica. We sought to remove the hurdles that most medical professionals face when conducting clinical research online," said Edward Grossman, senior vice president of digital media and acquisitions for SearchMedica.

Many medical professionals have gone on record voicing concerns about the problems with much of the health related information available online. On the World Wide Web Health Awards Web site, for example, the Health Information Resource Center shares these types of sentiments from select industry thought leaders, including American Medical News. This leading medical publication is quoted on the site as saying, "Much of the [health] information out there is useful; but plenty -- especially on the Internet -- requires more research, or is a veiled sales pitch, or may be snake oil."

Developed in response to this problem, SearchMedica provides free, open access to the Web's most authoritative content for medical professionals, filtering out paid articles and consumer Web sites, making the research process more streamlined and productive. More insights and information about the awards is available at http://www.healthawards.com/wwwha/index.htm .

The World Wide Web Health Awards were judged by a panel of international health information and technology experts. All entries were judged on the basis of accuracy, success in reaching the target audience and overall quality.

About SearchMedica.com:

SearchMedica.com indexes only authoritative medical information, approved for inclusion by medical editors and a physician editorial board. Medical professionals receive more relevant, smaller sets of search results from SearchMedica.com than from mainstream engines, which contain consumer-oriented, paid testimonials and other types of unreliable information. Since SearchMedica.com is advertiser supported, medical professionals pay nothing to use the search engine. All SearchMedica search results are independent and unbiased. They contain well-known, credible journals, peer-reviewed research, and evidence-based articles written for practicing healthcare professionals. SearchMedica is currently available at http://www.SearchMedica.com .

CONTACT: Michelle Taylor of PReturn Inc., +1-312-432-9407, mtaylor@preturn.com, for SearchMedica.com

Web site: http://www.SearchMedica.com/