Revolution Part I: Web 2.0 meets healthcare – a marriage that I hope succeeds


One of my beliefs is that any tool that puts decision-making power in the hands of the people is a boon to the world. When it comes to decision-making power in healthcare, I’m especially interested.

So it’s with great interest and hope that I’m previewing the Revolution Health website. The parent company, Revolution LLC, sports a high-powered board of directors: Steve Case (former chairman of AOL and founder), Jim Barksdale (former CEO of Netscape), John Delaney (co-founder and CEO of CapitalSource, former co-founder and CEO of HealthCare Financial Partners), Carly Fiorina (yes, former CEO of HP during the merger with Compaq), David Golden (former VC of JP Morgan), Ron Klain (chief of staff to Al Gore and Janet Reno), Colin Powell, John Pleasants (former CEO of Ticketmaster), Frank Raines (former CEO of Fannie Mae), Steve Wigging (former CEO of Oxford Health Plans), Jeff Zients (former CEO of The Advisory Board Company, consulting progressive health centers). Steve Case is the founder, and with that board of directors, you can bet that he’s damn serious about this venture.

Their mission can be found here. Challenge limits, leadership, excellence, commitment, our people are all good missions, especially the challenge limits because I believe we have some stupid limits in our healthcare system. Their partnerships is telling, as well, as it indicates that they are committed to providing not only reliable evidence-based information, but the best information on alternative medicine as well. (Translation for pseudoskeptics: information that can help people successfully navigate the confusing world of alternative medicine, rather than knee-jerk claim it’s all a hoax).

I was invited to preview their new Web 2.0 site (is there a word better than ‘website’ to indicate 2.0? Maybe ‘webcom’ – web community). To do a thorough preview of a web-based tool such as this is going to take some time and effort, and I believe that this effort is worth while. So, in the next few days, I’ll be going through Revolution Health site and kicking the tires. I will provide commentary on the tools they have up and running, and whether those tools can be effectively used in decisionmaking.

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3 Responses

  1. Disclosure: I’m an employee of Revolution Health. We really appreciate the interest you’ve shown in Revolution Health. We are definitely at the beginning of what should be an exciting evolution, and are really looking for feedback. We’re creating a very people-powered site, and know that it will take contributions from others to make this work become powerful. Looking forward to your review and feedback.

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  3. Hello, I’m Julie an employee of Revolution Health and want to thank you, John, for sharing our mission and vision with people on your blog. We appreciate the feedback! If anyone is interested on previewing the site themselves, you can find us at:

    http://www.revolutionhealth.com/preview?code=KPLWGCAYrS

    Thanks!
    Julie

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