Steve Case's New Healthcare Company Not So Revolutionary
from the you've-got-ulcers dept
Regardless of one's political persuasion, most people can agree that the US healthcare system is in serious need of reform. Just the fact that costs continue to spiral higher each year is a sign that the system has problems. So it was intriguing to read, nearly two years ago, that AOL founder Steve Case had his sights set on the healthcare industry. For all of AOL's faults, there's no denying that it played a significant role in the history of the internet, and it seemed the healthcare industry could use someone with Steve Case's penchant for ambitious projects. As it was originally conceived, Case's new company, audaciously named Revolution Health, promised to greatly simplify the health care process by helping people manage their information, navigate the world of insurance and pick their providers. It even planned to get involved directly with healthcare delivery through the use of ultra-cheap clinics that performed rudimentary health services. Fast forward two years, and Revolution Health has finally opened its doors. Unfortunately, it's hard to see the "revolution" part. The company looks like it's trying to be drkoop.com 2.0. The site has assembled information about various diseases (nothing revolutionary there), as well as symptom calculators, which plenty of other sites have, but which don't work all that well. Other than that, the site has some blogs and social networking features, as well as a repository to store your medical records, though it's not clear how that's any different to any other online file storage service. It's likely that the company will continue to roll out more features and services going forward, but it's hard to imagine that this company will have the desired impact. At this point, the industry seems to have too many systemic issues to be solved by one company, let alone a consumer-oriented website.