WebMD, available for iOS and Android mobile
operating systems, provides a symptom checker allowing users to
indicate pain or symptom levels to learn about potential conditions
or issues (http://bit.ly/1tHoL2U). "We are thrilled," said David
Ziegler, director of mobile product management. "In addition to
improving the look and feel of the entire app and our popular
symptom checker utility, we wanted to offer users the ability to
read about healthy living-related content on a daily basis."
My Wellness Journal is a personal health record app created by
California-based Project Tiki (http://bit.ly/1f7Rjyy). For $2.99,
the app allows users to store their own and their family's medical
information through an iPhone or iPad. "It allows you to take all
your information with you and store it easily and safely, even email
it," said John Hobson, founder and C.E.O. "App stores are tough, but
we saw a need that would be valuable to consumers, and went after
The American Red Cross is honored for First Aid, a multi-platform
app fully integrated with EMS (http://rdcrss.org/1rpPheZ). It
provides safety tips and alerts for emergencies, including severe
winter weather, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. Other
diagrams and videos are designed to teach users basic first aid,
including treatments for burns, choking and heat stroke.
"Everybody has the need to know what to do in case an emergency
happens, and they need accurately information," said Dom Tolli, vice
president of product management with the American Red Cross. Tolli
said First Aid has been downloaded more than 2 million times.
Zyrtec's Allergycast with a symptom tracker boasts it is "the first
pollen app that learns what you're allergic to, teaches you exactly
why you're sneezing and lets you log your symptoms to unlock prizes
and charms." With the app, for both iOS and Android, users may log
symptoms, such as an itchy nose or throat, and learn about Zyrtec
Diabetes HealthMate from GlaxoSmithKline helps users track their
blood sugar readings over time, and chart how they relate to factors
such as mood, activity level and diet (http://bit.ly/1fuK3qY).
My Pregnancy Today from BabyCenter is designed to help expectant
parents learn about their baby's development (http://bit.ly/1idtJQr).
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Also honored were apps from the U.S. Department of Veterans
CVS Pharmacy (http://bit.ly/1mEqYrv),
and PingMD (http://bit.ly/1gUBeY8).
These 11 honorees are not among the top five nominees. The top
five in the mobile app category are listed here,
and the winner will be announced April 28. The five nominees are:
Glow, a reproductive health service; Win the Hour from Nike; Charity
Miles, an effort helping athletes raise funds for charity; Touchfit:
GSP from Zolmo; and Walgreens, the official customer service app
allowing users to chat with pharmacists and refill prescriptions.
This is the first year health and fitness apps were given their own
category. "There is a lot of promise for health and fitness apps,
and I think we are really just at the beginning of what we will see
and how important some of these experiences will become in our daily
lives," David-Michel Davies, executive director of the awards, said
in a statement.
Established in 1996, the Webby Awards are presented by the
International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, an organization
made up of more than 1,000 technology experts and artists.
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