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Take your (dental) health on the road

Regular readers will know how much I like a small, random story that illustrates some of the principles we talk about at IFTF: for example, anytime, anyplace health; new business models; the power of "people like me" in health care decisions. I haven't seen one in awhile, so I was tickled by this blog post: "Bringing your healthcare practice to the people." It highlights Dr. Roemer, who opened a dental practice inside the Iowa 80 Truckstop, at Exit 284 of Interstate 80.

"Waterfront: The Conde Nast of Web Health"

I have to confess--that is not my headline; it is Business Week's. But it is just so perfect that I couldn't resist using it.  A major source of health information online, founded in 2002, being compared to a worldwide magazine publishing powerhouse that has been around for 100 years?  New media, meet old media!

Revolution Health is evolving to compete with WebMD

Several months ago, rumors began to swirl around the fate of Revolution Health, Steve Case's foray into the world of online health.  You can read about those early reports here.  Within the last few weeks, new stories began to circulate that the company was looking to sell itself. suggested that the fate of Revolution--a hot social networking site when launched in 2007--was "another tale of hubris in the e-health sector," quoting a pre-launch blog post from Case himself:

We aim to build into the world's leading health site - and we hope that our focus on an engaging design, high levels of personalization, and an unparalleled sense of community will enable us to achieve that goal. But we're far more than a web site. We're a company that's trying to fundamentally change the health care system. Revolution Health is about making sense of the complicated world of health care. And it's about putting you-the patient-at the center of that world.

A new player in the online health care marketplace

Courtesy of my colleague, IFTF Research Affiliate Richard Adler:

American Well is a new company that is creating a "online healthcare marketplace." On its website (, it states that consumers can,

"Talk to a doctor anytime, without leaving home or scheduling an appointment. Choose from a variety of specialties and connect with the doctor who is right for you."

Talking anytime, anyplace health over a potluck dinner

While some of my colleagues in IFTF's Technology Horizons program were busy rubbing elbows at FooCamp, I attended a group dinner on Friday night to which I had kind of randomly been invited.  I ended up sitting next to a guy whose description of his start-up company caught my attention. 

Revolution Health's health?

Just as I was starting to look for something to blog about today, I got an e-mail from a client asking what I know about whether Revolution Health is going under or merging or otherwise transforming itself. Launched officially in April 2007, Revolution Health was intended by its chairman/CEO, AOL co-founder Steve Case, to . . .well, revolutionize health care by providing health-related online tools and content from a variety of trusted sources and enabling individuals to take greater control of their health management.

Online relief is in sight for pain sufferers

Another interesting health app I have recently discovered is called ReliefInsite. It bills itself as a source of secure online pain management services, offering real-time pain mapping, monitoring, and analysis. I was struck by its three-pronged approach--it's home page targets patients themselves, health care companies, and health care providers.

A standout (?) among examples of Health 2.0 apps

The ReadWriteWeb blog offers this list of favorite Health 2.0 sites. Many will be familiar to HH members, but one relatively new out for being different. It is not a social networking site; rather, it is a health care marketplace. Limited in scope (for now) to the Minneapolis-St.

Walgreens is on the job

With apologies for not reporting this news item when it happened a couple of weeks ago . . . Drugstore chain Walgreen is moving into the workplace to provide on-site health care for employers. On March 17th, the company announced that it would purchase I-trax for about $260 million and Whole Health Management for an undisclosed amount.

A step forward for Google Health

It's been a while since I have written about Google's efforts to become the home for people's personal health records (see this post, for example). So I am pleased to finally report some news on that front.

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