Healthline drags an insurer into Health 2.0

The Web-based health-management tools collectively known as Health 2.0 generally suffer from a major shortcoming, in that they typically put the onus on individuals to learn about them and put them to use. But a few startups are taking an interesting new tack by getting health insurers to offer their Health 2.0 services to their customers — an important development, although one that may present a whole new set of problems.

Six Health 2.0 firms reinvent doctor-patient ties

The Health 2.0 conference earlier this week was crammed with startups all touting their plans for transforming the broken U.S. healthcare system via innovative technology that empowers patients. Many of these companies are all essentially offering variations on the same themes, but six stood out for their efforts to reinvent the doctor-patient relationship in new and sometimes disquieting ways.

The Health 2.0 glut, and how one startup adapts

The Health 2.0 movement, as I’ve noted before, makes some big claims about the Internet’s power to transform the relationships between patients and doctors, hospitals, insurers and each other. Some of that is undoubtedly true, and there’s a fascinating amount of innovation going on in this area– helped along by a recent torrent of venture capital.

Peeling back the veil of ignorance — why medical costs vary so much, and what Health 2.0 might do to help

The burgeoning movement known as “Health 2.0″ makes some pretty big claims about the power of social networks and Web services to transform the sprawling mess we like to call the U.S. healthcare system. One of the central principles is that providing individuals with better information about medical treatments and procedures will make them better “medical consumers” capable of exerting market pressure that can improve quality and lower prices.

Google Health launching soon?

Trust the reliable folks over at Google Blogoscoped to unearth a login page for the long-awaited Google Health service before it actually launches. Neither the login nor any of the links on the page seem to work, but it’s another tantalizing glimpse at what Google may soon be unveiling.