Sharecare, an online health and wellness engagement platform, has found a stunning degree of success in the world of mHealth in the short time that the company has been established.
Founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and WebMD founder Jeff Arnold, the company’s app – AskMD – won Best Medical App at the 4th Annual Appy Awards late last week.
According to a report this week from our sister site mHealthWatch, 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 fast becoming one of the most distinguished awards programs in the entire app industry.
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.
If you’re not familiar with AskMD, here’s how it works:
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 is available now for download. To check it out, click here.