In rifling through my paper files (hey, I’m a journalist, not a doctor, and I don’t type quickly enough to take my notes on the computer), I came across a company called Salu, a physician specialty hub from early this decade. The company, at one point headed by Jim Steeb, hosted sites called Dermdex for dermatologists and plastic surgeons, and NeuroHub for neurologists.
I have a report that said in January 2002, the company built research panels from among the various sites’ membership to study physician attitudes. My undated notes from a phone interview with Steeb said that Salu also offered secure online messaging, Web sites for practices within each hub’s specialty and a prescription writer that worked on either PocketPC (now Windows Mobile) or Palm platforms. (It was not true e-prescribing because back in the pre-RxHub and SureScripts era, it didn’t transmit information to pharmacies.
But what ever happened to Salu and its brands? If the company went out of business, did someone else take over the sites? I found no sign that either Dermdex or NeuroHub was still active. Help, please!