HealthTap Buys Health Biz of Avvo

HealthTap, a mobile health platform to connect doctors to users with health questions, has acquired the health business of Avvo Inc., the company said. The business includes a directory and network of medical professionals and repository of answers to health questions. Terms were not released. Avvo is privately held with funding from Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures and Ignition Partners.

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HealthTap (www.healthtap.com), the premier mobile health platform that connects users with top doctors and free answers to health questions, and Avvo, Inc., the web’s largest expert-only legal Q&A forum and directory (http://www.avvo.com), today announced that HealthTap has acquired the health business of Avvo, Inc, including its directory and network of medical professionals and its deep repository of expert answers to health questions.

The acquisition grows HealthTap’s Medical Expert Network to more than 30,000 U.S.-licensed doctors and dentists, broadening local coverage across all 50 states, and expanding its reach to over 128 specialties. Avvo is focusing on its rapidly growing legal business, including its community of top lawyers who have provided answers to more than 1 million legal questions from consumers, and Avvo Ignite™, its recently released cloud-based client conversion and website solution for attorneys. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Avvo has done great work building an expert network and patient communities with quality content, ratings, and reviews. We’re pleased to make their health business our first acquisition. On HealthTap, Avvo’s health users will get immediate access to top U.S. doctors and dentists, free answers to their health questions, and much more, all from the convenience of their smartphones, tablets, or PCs,” said Ron Gutman, Founder and CEO of HealthTap. “We are excited to welcome tens of thousands of leading doctors and dentists from Avvo to HealthTap’s Medical Expert Network, as well as to add hundreds of thousands of doctors and millions of new pieces of useful information to our extensive directory. On HealthTap, doctors will discover a rapidly growing community of potential patients across the country, as well a fast growing network of peers for referrals,” said Gutman.

“Avvo’s legal business is booming, and with the recent launch of Avvo Ignite client conversion solution for attorneys, we’ve decided to focus 100% of our attention on expanding our consumer legal services and helping lawyers grow their business,” said Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo. “Just as Avvo is the premier destination for people looking for legal advice, HealthTap is the leading source for trusted answers to health questions and peer-reviewed medical professionals, which makes HealthTap the right choice to carry on the conversation between consumers and medical professionals.”

Avvo, the web’s largest legal Q&A forum and directory and most successful attorney marketing platform in the industry, features robust profiles and the unbiased Avvo Rating for more than 1.2 million lawyers – more than 95% of lawyers in the U.S. – and free trusted legal advice and lawyer recommendations.

With dynamic profiles on more than 1.2 million doctors and dentists, HealthTap provides instant 24/7 mobile and online access to the most comprehensive directory of U.S. doctors, the most trusted rating system for medical experts, and the most dynamic repository of trusted doctors’ answers to health questions.

About HealthTap HealthTap is an Interactive Health Network that connects thousands of North America’s best physicians with users to provide trusted answers to health questions anytime, anywhere. HealthTap’s free web and mobile applications enable 24/7 access to personalized, relevant and trusted health information from America’s best licensed physicians, helping people find the best doctors and make better decisions about their health and well-being. HealthTap’s experienced team of engineers and doctors have built health and mobile applications that have served hundreds of millions of people. Based in Palo Alto California, HealthTap is funded by Mayfield Fund, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, and other prominent Silicon Valley investors. For more information, visit www.healthtap.com.

About Avvo, Inc. Avvo is the web’s largest expert-only legal Q&A forum and directory (http://www.avvo.com) and the most successful lawyer marketing platform in the industry, delivering hundreds of thousands of contacts from prospective clients every month. In Avvo’s Q&A forum consumers can get free legal advice 24/7 from more than 125,000 participating lawyers, and Avvo’s professional directory provides comprehensive profiles, client reviews, peer endorsements and the industry-recognized Avvo Rating for more than 95 percent of all lawyers in the U.S. Avvo Ignite, launched November 2012, is a cloud-based client conversion and website solution for attorneys. Founded in 2007, Avvo is privately held with funding from Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures and Ignition Partners.

HealthTap is the registered trademark of HealthTap Inc. Avvo and Avvo Ignite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avvo, Inc.

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