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Healia Health Search Engine Wins Search 2.0 Shootout Award at the Search Insider Summit

Posted by direwolff on November 16, 2006

What a great accomplishment. Under full disclosure, I’m an advisor to Healia so I’m naturally biased here, but Tom Eng, VMD, MPH (founder & chairman) has been working his butt off for several years now building what is the best healthcare search engine I’ve seen yet. When putting his search engine in head-to-head evaluations against the likes of Google’s health-focused search engine, Kosmix, Heathline, and Yahoo! Heath, (which has happened at some prospect engagements), Healia really comes out shining.

Among Dr. Eng’s many accomplishments, he has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters, and abstracts on a wide range of health and technology issues. He has worked previously at the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Peace Corps, the US Senate, and two state health departments. Needless to say, the guy knows his stuff and has put together an excellent team to go out and make it easier for people to get better informed about healtcare matters.

I know the whole team at Healia is very excited at being recognized, and rightly so as they have been working quietly in stealth mode for a few years until approximately 3 months ago. Now, they’re slowly getting more and more attention as was expected and they deserve. Here’s their press release announcing their performance at the Search Insider Summit:

Healia Health Search Engine Wins Search 2.0 Shootout Award at the Search Insider Summit

Healia Recognized as the Most Exciting and Useful Search Engine

BELLEVUE, WA — (MARKET WIRE) — November 16, 2006 — The Healia health search engine ( won the “Search 2.0 Shootout Award” at the Search Insider Summit in Palm Springs, California on November 12-15, 2006. Healia was selected for the Award over four other “disruptive” search technologies by popular vote of Summit attendees as the “most exciting, original, and useful [search] offering.”

The Summit brings brand marketers, agency decision makers and search marketing experts together to explore the search marketing trends and strategies.

See the full press release at:

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