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Separating the wheat from the chaff

I’m not going to blog on my experience at last week’s Third Healthcare Blogging & Social Media Summit in Chicago and the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, since so many other bloggers (including the organizers of both events) have already done so.

See The Health Care Blog, the Trusted.MD network, Enoch Choi, Scott Shreeve, John Sharp and even the Huffington Post (!) if you want a sampling of blog opinions on this.

Instead, I’ll give you a list of companies that presented or otherwise had a presence at the events. Some you’ve no doubt heard of, others might be new. Some have workable business models, others don’t. Some are bankrolled by Steve Case, but most aren’t.

File this away and see how many are around at this time next year, and if any are actually thriving. (OK, I have a feeling Microsoft’s business model is pretty solid, but there was a reason why venture capitalists were busy at the Health 2.0 conference.)

An asterisk denotes sites that recently launched or are still in beta. You will notice quite a few asterisks in this list.

“Consumer aggregators”
Yahoo!
Google
WebMD
Microsoft

Clinician forums
Netdoc.com
PeerClip*
Within3
Sermo
iMedExchange*

Video
icyou.com* (Benefitfocus)

Consumer-driven healthcare
HealDeal*
HealthCare.com
Revolution Health
Quicken Health* (Intuit)
Health Equity
Vimo

Social/support networks for patients
Sophia’s Garden Foundation/Healing In Community
PatientsLikeMe
Daily Strength.org
Inspire* (formerly ClinicaHealth)

Drug information
DoubleCheckMD.com*
DestinationRx

Physician finder
Xoova

Clinician rating
CareSeek*

Patient-to-clinician
MedHelp
DNA Direct
RelayHealth (McKesson)

Search engines
OrganizedWisdom Health*
Healia (Meredith Corp.)
Kosmix.com/health
Medstory* (Microsoft)
Healthline Networks
WeGo Health*
MEDgle*

Pharma marketing
DigitasHealth

Home health monitoring
Health Heroes Network

Blogs/blog networks
Trusted.MD
BlogHer
Diabetes Mine

* Newly released or in beta

I will give you one other highlight of the San Francisco conference: Seeing J.D. Kleinke of Omnimedix Institute and Adam Bosworth, just “relieved of his duties” at Google, chatting. I was hoping to get the two of them together with Scott Shreeve, late of Medsphere, for a podcast, so each could listen to my long-winded question and then give me a terse, “I’m not allowed to comment” due to pending litigation or other contractual obligation. Perhaps next time.

September 24, 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.

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.