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Time for WebMD and Google to panic?

This is one of the most interesting M&A bits to hit my inbox in a long time: Health-specific search engine Healia has just announced a takeover by Des Moines, Iowa-based publishing company Meredith Corp.

That’s right, the publisher of such titles as Fitness, Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens and Successful Farming has bought itself a healthcare search engine. I bet Wall Street didn’t see that one coming, and I wonder if they’re sweating over at WebMD, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

By the way, Dr. Tom Eng, Healia’s president and founder, says that Healia is hiring a CTO and Web designers at company headquarters in Bellevue, Wash., and VPs for online marketing and advertising sales to work in New York, where Meredith has a large presence. Eng is keeping his job.

June 18, 2007 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Talking politics

A lot’s been said of late about what the 2008 presidential hopefuls have to say about healthcare in general and health IT specifically.

I have a few things from the punditry that may or may not shed light on what’s happening.

First off, Kaiser Network has posted the full video, audio and transcript of Barack Obama’s May 29 healthcare policy speech in Iowa City. Click here to see/hear/read his remarks.

Meanwhile, the Cato Institute‘s Michael Cannon is commenting on Jonathan Cohn’s comparison in the New Republic of Mitt Romney’s plan to the “HillaryCare” circa 1993. Ah, barbs from both sides of the aisle! Good thing the election is a mere 16 months away!

Also, it’s not exactly IT, but I had a story in Friday’s Chicago Sun-Times about the Blue Healthcare Bank. And speaking of links to stories I’ve written, my Red Herring piece on PHRs finally is online. Click here.

I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.