HealthGrades Makes Its Ratings Information Available on Google Health : Users Searching for Doctors or Hospitals Can Take Advantage of Quality and Cost Information

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HealthGrades (Nasdaq: HGRD), the leading independent healthcare ratings company, announced today that it will make its quality and cost information on doctors and hospitals accessible on Google Health. A new product from Google that was publicly launched today, Google Health allows users to store, organize and manage their medical records online. Google Health is available at http://www.google.com/health.

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We are proud to be partnering with Google on this new product and look forward to helping users find independent, authoritative health care ratings on doctors and hospitals when they search for providers using Google Health.

"Google has launched an impressive and important resource to help patients navigate the healthcare system, manage their personal health information, and live healthier lives," said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades' CEO. "We are proud to be partnering with Google on this new product and look forward to helping users find independent, authoritative health care ratings on doctors and hospitals when they search for providers using Google Health."

Americans research their healthcare providers using HealthGrades more than any other online resource. And now, through the "Find a Doctor" feature of Google Health, users will see embedded quality information for virtually all of the nation's 5,000 hospitals and 700,000 practicing physicians as well as links to more information on HealthGrades.com.

HealthGrades information is discoverable by users searching for providers through Google Health and on Google Maps. HealthGrades provides physician-quality reports that are designed to help patients research and choose the doctor that is best for them. Each report includes patient-satisfaction ratings, detailed education and training information, disciplinary action information, malpractice judgments (in 15 states), board certification, affiliated hospital quality ratings, medical-cost information more.

Also discoverable on Google Health and Google Maps is HealthGrades' independent hospital-quality ratings for virtually all of the nation's 5,000 hospitals. To help patients find the local hospital with the best track record in providing quality care, HealthGrades rates hospitals in terms of patient safety as well as patient outcomes for a wide range of procedures and treatments.

All this information is also available at HealthGrades.com.

About HealthGrades

Health Grades, Inc. (Nasdaq: HGRD) is the leading healthcare ratings organization, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. Millions of consumers and many of the nation's largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades' independent ratings, advisory services and decision-support resources to make healthcare decisions based on the quality and cost of care. More information on the company can be found at http://www.healthgrades.com.

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