HealthTap AppRx Awards for the Top Health & Medical Apps of 2014

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What It Is:

With over 44,000 mobile health apps on the market, discovering the best ones used to be a daunting (if not impossible) task. Now, thanks to HealthTap’s AppRx, you have a trusted way to find the best health and wellness apps, independently rated and recommended by top U.S. doctors.  No need to scour the web for reviews for individual apps from different sources.  Now you have one place to go to find the best and most useful iOS and Android health and wellness apps.

This year, we’re excited to announce the first ever HealthTap AppRx Awards. Celebrating the best mobile apps for health and wellness, the HealthTap AppRx Award recognizes the health and medical apps most recommended by HealthTap’s network of 64,000+ top U.S. doctors.

How It Works:

Eligibility & Rules:

  • Entry is automatic. All apps classified as “Health & Wellness Apps” in the Apple App and Google Play Stores are qualified to enter the competition.
  • Apps are further classified by HealthTap into one (1) of 30 categories (developers can select additional categories as appropriate).
  • Apps can be entered for multiple award categories, and apps may win multiple awards.  There are no fees to enter apps for consideration.
  • HealthTap will recognize finalists from the top ranking apps in each category based on the total number of doctor reviews and recommendations. Prior “Doctor Recommendations” are included in the final tally.
  • Doctors on HealthTap review apps by searching for them by name, or by selecting apps from a random review queue visible within their HealthTap account.
  • User votes on the HealthTap app listings page increase the frequency and visibility of apps in doctor review queues, improving their chances of getting reviewed.
  • Users can vote for their favorites on HealthTap between 12/01/14 and 12/31/14. There are no fees to vote.

Promoting your App:

Here are just a few ways to promote your app on HealthTap:

  • Email your App Listing Page to your database
  • Share your app listing page link on social media
  • Highlight the AppRx badge on your website or blog


Criteria for Reviews:

  • HealthTap doctors review the apps based on three criteria:
    • The medical soundness of the app
    • The app’s utility in supporting health or healthy living goals
    • The app’s usability.
  • There are no negative reviews. Apps that do not pass the doctor’s standards simply do not get reviewed.

Selection of Winners:

  • The top 100 apps overall and the top 10 apps in each of the 30 categories that garner the most  doctor recommendations will be declared winners.
  • HealthTap reserves the right to disregard votes it deems, in its sole discretion, to be suspect or invalid (such as user votes submitted by bots or other computer-generated voting applications). There are no fees to vote.
  • Final award winners will be announced on January 14, 2015 and included in HealthTap’s AppRx Annual Report: Top Health & Medical Apps of 2014, published in an exclusive press release and distributed widely to top business and tech publications nationwide.

Next Steps:

In preparation for the competition:

  • Ensure your App Listing on the Apple App or Google Play stores is updated with the most recent features, screenshots and app previews
  • Promote your app via email, social media and on your website/blog to secure votes and appear more frequently in the doctors’ review queue
  • Search for your other apps on HealthTap to confirm they are listed
  • Tell us about any other apps we missed by emailing us at

Good luck!

- The HealthTap Team


25 Inspiring Quotes About Gratitude

Thank YouAmerican philosopher William James once observed that “the deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

This season of thanks is the perfect time to express gratitude and appreciation for the people who’ve had the greatest positive impact in your life. Take a moment to thank those close to you (the kind of people we often appreciate but don’t always recognize) – like parents, siblings, spouses, partners, and loyal friends.

Did you know gratitude has health benefits, too? It can lower your stress levels, boost your confidence, improve your sense of self, and most importantly, strengthen your relationships with others. Today and everyday, why not make gratitude a habit!

We’ve gathered 21 of our favorite quotes on gratitude. Do you have one to share? Post it on our Facebook page!

  1. “The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”Charles Schwab
  2. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”William Arthur Ward
  3. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
  4. “Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
  5. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”  Epicurus
  6. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”Robert Brault
  7. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson
  8. “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”Neal A. Maxwell
  9. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”Gerald Good
  10. “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. “Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” Stephen Richards
  12. Giving thanks with a flower“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” Robert Braathe
  13. “They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.”Tom Perrotta
  14. “Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else.” Raheel Farooq
  15. “In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day–or to celebrate each special day.” Rasheed Ogunlaru
  16. If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” Robert Quillen
  17. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
  18. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle
  19. “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” Alfred North Whitehead
  20. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”Gerald Good
  21. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
  22. “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”Albert Schweitzer
  23. “In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  24. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou
  25. “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” Meister Eckhart


HealthTap Launches ‘Top Doctor Insights’ Using Artificial Intelligence

HealthTap Launches ‘Top Doctor Insights’ Using Artificial Intelligence powered by 64,000 Doctors to Give People Personalized Medical Information For Free!

HealthTap-Top Doctor Insights

PALO ALTO, Calif.—November 18, 2014—HealthTap, the company reinventing healthcare by connecting patients and doctors anytime, anywhere via web, mobile and video, today announced the launch of Top Doctor Insights, a new digital service that provides skim-friendly, easily digestible lists of the best doctor insights on millions of health and wellness topics, personalized to each user. These lists are curated with content created and rated by the company’s network of 64,000+ top U.S. doctors. Top Doctors Insight lists are customized to each user based on his or her own unique Health Graph, a proprietary digital map of one’s personal health and well-being.

Having served up more than 2.3 billion doctor answers and tips to users on any and all health topics, HealthTap has the world’s most comprehensive database for doctor knowledge. Using artificial intelligence and natural language processing, HealthTap’s cutting edge technology recognizes the contextual content and semantic meaning of queries, organizes billions of data points, aggregates and synthesizes this information, and generates the most relevant insights and wisdom on any health topic, on-demand.

Top Doctor Insights - DiabetesFrom searches on broad categories like “cancer” and “diabetes,” to specific queries like “topical anesthetic for teething babies” and “healthy snacks for traveling abroad,” anyone can find the best and most relevant health and wellness content—including doctor answers, actionable checklists and useful expert tips—listed and ranked by the quality of the information relevant to that user’s needs.

“Quality of information refers not only to HealthTap’s state-of-the-art semantic matching algorithms, but also to the caliber of the doctors who created the content, and their reputation among other leading doctors,” said Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, HealthTap’s Chief Medical Officer. “Content created by physicians with higher DocScores (as determined by positive peer-reviews they received, as well as reputable awards they won, educational credentials, their level of expertise, and the number of patients they successfully helped) gets weighted more heavily and is displayed more prominently.”

“For patients and people who want to improve their health and well being, sifting through reams of health information online and in mobile apps is often time consuming and very stressful. Now, for the first time ever, users on HealthTap can very quickly and conveniently get multiple insights from top doctors customized to their needs and wants right at their fingertips,” added Ron Gutman, founder and CEO of HealthTap. “By analyzing the meaning and context behind a search, using our powerful extensive ontology, and the the huge amount  of data we’ve amassed serving hundreds of millions of people, we’re now able to present the best doctor insights on any health and wellness topic in the world in milliseconds. In a sea of medical information, HealthTap’s Top Doctor Insights finds the right answers that can help you feel better faster! This is yet another important step in our journey to provide people all over the world real personalized healthcare from highly trusted doctors.”

Starting today, HealthTap’s Top Doctor Insights will be available to everyone, everywhere, via any mobile device or personal computer. To view personalized, comprehensive lists of Top Doctor Insights on millions of health topics, download HealthTap’s free apps on the Apple App Store or Google Play or sign up for a free account at

About HealthTap+

HealthTap+ has reinvented the way people all over the world take care of their health and well-being, connecting millions everywhere with the most trusted health information and doctors. The company is backed by leading investors including Khosla Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Mayfield Fund, and Mohr Davidow Ventures. With top-rated web and mobile apps, HealthTap+ offers immediate and free access to relevant, reliable, and trusted health answers from a network of more than 64,000 U.S.-licensed doctors. Sign up today and download HealthTap’s free apps for iPhone, iPad or Android at


HealthTap featured in Fortune Magazine

Shalene Gupta of Fortune Magazine writes:

“Consulting doctors via video is billed as the future. But there are lots of hurdles to overcome before doctors embrace the idea. Sitting in the doctor’s waiting room is all about masochism. You’re sick, you’re waiting, and you’re surrounded by people who are hacking and sneezing. Ron Gutman, CEO of HealthTap, envisions a world where people can meet their doctors from the comfort of their own homes—virtually. Last week, his app, HealthTap, rolled out a new service that lets users consult virtually with doctors for $44 a visit.”

Check out the interview below. And read the full article here:


HealthTap for Heroes

165135051This Veterans Day, HealthTap celebrates the real-life heroes in the military. We thank them for their dedication, loyalty, sacrifice, and service.

Veterans and military families often face unique challenges—from addressing health issues from afar to managing complex injuries, to enduring frequent relocations that impact continuity of care and coping with stress and anxiety.

Below are 5 of the most common questions asked by veterans on HealthTap:

1641111051. What resources are available for disabled veterans?

Here are some that may help:

  • http://www.VA.Gov (can apply to VA and receive care)
  • Disabled american veterans
  • Veterans of foreign wars
  • http://www.Halfofus.Com/veterans
  • http://usmilitary.About.Com/od/benefits/a/vetbenefits.Htm

Good luck! - Dr. Evan Altman

2. Are there benefits for diabetic veterans?

Any and all including eye, feet care, meds, supplies, glucosometers, insulin, and all supplemental care. (My dad is a veteran. He gets this directly from the locl VA clinic.) - Dr. Luis Villaplana

If your diabetes can be attributed to or tied to your time in service (such as agent orange in particular), then there are significant VA benefits. Check with the counselor at the VA hospital near you or with your veterans organizations like the VFW. - Dr. Richard Bensinger

3. How does post traumatic stress disorder affect war veterans and families?

PTSD can be damaging for veteran and family. Combat capacity can be reduced, endurance reduced as soldier is not at perfect health before engaging action. Mind not as sharp though already in hyper-arousal state. Wrongful decision-making hurt split second decision in life and death matter. Family harmony disturbed by extreme tension of untreated ptsd which aggravates with time. - Dr. Truc Dao

4. Who can I talk to about getting help as a veteran with PTSD?

There is a national network of therapists who treat vets for free and confidentially. To find one in your area, go to - Dr. Christine Musello

If there is a “vet center” in your community -it is a great place to start. The department of veterans affairs has a massive structure to provide services. Start with AM Vets, DAV, VA rep or other service officers to assist you with completing an application for services. You will need to have your condition “service -connected” to receive treatment. Even a 0% rating will get you services for life for that particular condition. I would start working on your application ASAP. - Dr. Heidi Fowler

5. Will the VA provide guide dogs for blinded veterans?

_PetDogEach veteran’s case is reviewed and evaluated by a prescribing clinician for the following:

  • ability and means, including family or caregiver, to care for the dog currently and in the future
  • goals that are to accomplished through the use of the dog
  • goals that are to be accomplished through other assistive technology or therapy the veteran will be informed of an approval or disapproval

Answer courtesy of Dr. Guy Da Silva

To all our military families and veterans, our heartfelt thanks for your sacrifice and service. Now, it’s out turn to serve you with trusted, personalized health information, whenever you need it most. Our HealthTap doctors are here to support you—our heroes—today and always!

Ask our doctors any health question, anytime, anywhere.