Dr. Val Jones Leaves Revolution

Although not explicitly mentioned, it appears Dr. Val Jones, the Senior Medical Director at Revolution Health, has quietly left the company and is starting her own venture, Better Health. You can read an interview where she discusses her new life online, with not a...

For Sale: Revolution Health

Why is Steve Case’s online health venture already looking to sell itself, just a year and a half after it launched? Yet another tale of hubris in the e-health sector. Back in 1999, I left the mental health site I founded — the largest site of its kind at...

Two Research Papers Published on PatientsLikeMe

Two research papers were published this month on the Health 2.0 website, PatientsLikeMe. PatientsLikeMe is arguably the only “real” health social network online today, because it lets patients share actual data that matters with one another — their...

Google Releases Google Health

Google Health launched this week to the public. It is pretty much what everyone anticipated — an online electronic record that people can maintain if they wanted to. Highlights include quick information at your fingertips to your health concerns that you enter...

Electronic Medical Records No Panacea

If you didn’t hear, lots and lots of people snooped into celebrities’ medical records in L.A. — the number of people who’ve been caught just at the UCLA Medical Center is up to 68! Worse yet, these are electronic medical records, you know,...

The Wisdom of Patients Report

The California HealthCare Foundation published a report the other day entitled The Wisdom of Patients: Health Care Meets Online Social Media (PDF) which is a nice overview of the current state of Health 2.0. The report is four chapters long: Social Networks Come to...

Why Doesn’t My Doctor Answer My Email?

Because he or she is afraid — afraid of being overwhelmed by one more responsibility, of not being reimbursed for time spent answering emails, of patient privacy, of HIPAA, and of course, of legal liability if they set an expectation of replying to emails in a...

CNN Takes on Doctor Ratings… And Gets it Wrong

CNN has recently published an article about what to look for in a doctor rating website. Unfortunately, they repeat some misconceptions and errors about these services. The most serious error is the claim that the greater volume a website has of doctor ratings, the...
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