Jim Clark, founder of key Silicon Valley companies, like Silicon Graphics, Netscape Communications Corporation and recently, Healtheon Corporation, was invited by physicians and key technology industry leaders to discuss how doctors and the Internet can interact to deliver more effective, better quality health care. The presentation was held last month during the Physicians on the Internet Conference in San Francisco.
The conference welcomed an audience of more than 300 medical leaders and executives from the United States' leading physician and health care delivery organizations. Presentations and panel discussions were held by industry experts on physician on-line connectivity, as well as the rapidly changing Internet landscape.
Healtheon, a leading e-commerce provider for health care, released its recent findings on physicians' use and expectations of computers and the Internet with the conference attendees. Jim Clark offered the health care audience his perspective on how the Internet can be the driver for change in the often tangled health care industry.
As a true visionary, the renowned speaker also offered practical guidance on what it takes to launch Internet solutions, the essential need for successful and dynamic management to lead the charge, and how to stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving environment of Internet health care. Physicians have the opportunity to make great strides in their industry with the proper application of technology, as stated by Jim Clark.
Healtheon's Survey of Medicine findings indeed conclude that the hurdle of connecting physicians to the Internet has been overtaken. At present, 85% of physicians are using the Internet, which means an increase of 875% from 1997. Communicating via e-mail also is another growing trend, with more than one-third of the physicians surveyed having some experience using e-mail to correspond with their patients.
A discussion on the "now and near possible" of recent Internet technologies, like broadcast/streaming video and audio, speech recognition software, new Internet access options, such as DSL and cable, and network security was presented on the second day of the conference. Presenters for this discussion included Stan Woodward, broadcast.com's vice president of business services and multicast; Gail Gulinson, vice president of the health networks for IBM Global Health care; Steven McGeady, Intel's vice president of the New Business Group and director of the Internet Health Initiative; and other health care information technology experts.
The other presentations and panels during the Physicians on the Internet Conference included a vivid discussion on the changing nature of roles and responsibilities of the physician-focused Internet site, as well as innovative strategies and opportunities for physician organizations with regard to communication with consumers and patients on the Web. You can find more details about the Healtheon enterprise in the VMW article Pet project's collector to head for Healtheon and Hyperion.