Regarding the Reporters Notebook on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting (HIMSS gets Googled, at modernhealthcare.com): The conference theme song, Our Time Is Now, represents for some of us that consumers are finally being substituted for doctors as the center of the healthcare universe. We believe this shift will drive enormous value out of a bloated, inefficient industry that is slow to adopt new ideas. Microsoft Corp. and Google are not alone in this invasion. Steve Cases RevolutionHealth and my company, Healthline Networks, are also investing many millions of dollars to make consumers more intelligent in how they utilize healthcare services. Together we are in front of more American healthcare consumers than all of the doctors and hospitals combined. The search and decision-support tools we continuously build and refine are already helping consumers accelerate change in healthcare.
Dean StephensPresident and chief operating officer Healthline Networks San Francisco