Healia’s Health Search Branches Out

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The average person may or may not have heard of Healia, a health search engine.  But since two new search tools have been added on, he (or she) is now about three times as likely to become familiar with it.

Dubbed “PubMed/Medline Search” and “Clinical Trials Search,” the tools’ names are fairly self-explanatory, but as a press release spells out, they exist “to help consumers find relevant biomedical literature and clinical trials information.”

What’s more, it appears that they’ve got a good shot at fulfilling this mission.  I’m fortunate enough to not be familiar with many medical conditions, but searches for autism, diabetes, and epilepsy never failed to turn up less than 55 results, and in one case, yielded around 274,000.  The results did, by the way, appear to be relevant.

Following a recent acquisition by Meredith, this development could be taken as a strong sign that Healia is in good hands.  And at a recent conference, Dr. Tom Eng, the president and founder of Healia, assured listeners, “At Healia, we are constantly looking for ways to make complex health information much more accessible and relevant to the average consumer.”

In terms of what’s next, an official statement promises “additional enhancements and search tools.”

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  • http://www.healia.com Healia Team

    Doug – Thanks for mentioning our new Pubmed/Medline and Clinical Trials Search tools. These tools are works in progress and we welcome user feedback about how to make these search tools more useful and easier to use for consumers. Also, what type of additional search functionality would be helpful?

    Please send us your feedback through our website or to feedback AT healia.com.

    The Healia Team

  • http://www.curehunter.com alex

    You might want to check out CureHunter too:

    A web2.0ish play on vertical medical search.

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