December 16, 2020
A new peer-reviewed study testing the coverage, accuracy and safety of eight online symptom assessment apps has found that the performance of apps varies widely, with only a handful performing close to the levels of human general practitioners (GPs).
Published today in BMJ Open, the study is the first of its kind to be published since 2015 and was conducted by a team of doctors and scientists led...
February 13, 2020
Direct-to-consumer virtual health company Ro launched a new health information platform dubbed Health Guide.
Currently the platform covers sexual health, hair loss, weight management, diabetes, and men’s health. However, a representative from the company said that in the future, the plan is to expand the offerings to not only cater to male users, and to include more conditions.
August 20, 2019
A new survey from Harmony Healthcare IT shows that millennials in large numbers are going online rather than to the doctor when they need medical advice.
While only 48% of those surveyed (2,013 Americans aged 23 to 38 years) said they trust online resources to accurately diagnose symptoms, 73% admitted to going online for medical advice rather than seeing a doctor.
WebMD was the overwhelming...
July 17, 2019
WebMD’s consumer STD lab tests came under fire this week after Responsible Telemedicine, a nonprofit that bills itself as an "industry watchdog," filed a lawsuit suing the company for mislabeling the tests as FDA approved.
The suit alleges that only three of the nine STD tests sold by WebMD have “undergone the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) premarket approval process through...
November 6, 2018
During the third quarter of 2018, the digital health space has seen a slew of deals with healthcare providers in the US, UK and elsewhere around the world. While telemedicine has continued to be a trend within the provider space, health systems are starting to turn their attention to some of the latest cutting-edge technology, such as voice.
But as these technologies advance, some physicians are...
October 9, 2018
Many physicians of various ages and geographic locations are turning to online medical consultation tools as an additional resource when providing care, according to a recent investigation published in npj Digital Medicine.
Conducted jointly by the Scripps Research Institute and WebMD, the study found that 310,563 unique physicians had used WebMD’s Medscape Consult — an online, free-to-use...
August 1, 2018
Less than two months since its last acquisition, WebMD, an Internet Brands company, announced that it was picking up the Vitals Consumer Services Division from Mdx Medical.
The division, which is focused on giving consumers online tools to connect to clinicians, is made up of vitals.com and UCompareHealthCare.com. The acquisition will also include the MedHelp tool, which provides a platform for...
July 26, 2018
WebMD goes to China. WebMD is teaming up with Chinese tech giant Tencent in a deal that would introduce the health information platform to Asia. This means that WebMD’s services will be translated into Chinese and localized to suit the Chinese population.
“The agreement between WebMD and Tencent has the power to make a difference in the health of the Chinese people,” said Meng Zhang, general...
June 12, 2018
Internet Brands subsidiary WebMD, which also oversees the Medscape brand of physician-facing mobile and web-based educational content, has acquired Jobson Healthcare Information, another healthcare content group, for an undisclosed amount.
"We were very excited about Jobson’s commitment to communicating with healthcare professionals, a commitment that we share as well," WebMD CEO Steve Zatz told...
April 4, 2018
Correction: The original version of this article misstated the symptom checker's original launch date.
WebMD, long the go-to for patients turning to the internet for an answer to mysterious symptoms, has launched a redesigned, rebuilt version of its symptom checker, originally launched in 2005. The company says 4 million people per month log on to use the tool.
From a user interface perspective,...