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The Net gets a check-up

The health care industry is discovering the Net, though Intel chairman Andy Grove says it is not moving fast enough to adopt the medium's potential.

The health care industry is discovering the Internet, though Intel chairman Andy Grove says it is not moving fast enough to adopt the medium's potential as an information clearinghouse and as a stand-in health care provider. But one online health company, Healtheon, found that the side effects of the volatile tech economy can be tough to cure.

Grove touts Net to health industry
The Internet will dramatically transform routine physical check-ups and prescription orders, despite a health care industry that has been slow to utilize it, Intel's chairman says.

Health an online moneymaker
While many businesses are looking to the Web to generate revenue, those in the health care space are particularly well-positioned, one study says.

Drugstore.com site updated
The Kleiner Perkins-backed start-up led by former Microsoft new-media executive Peter Neupert is quietly spilling out more details about its venture.

Healtheon cancels IPO
The online health care company led by Netscape Communications cofounder Jim Clark cancels its proposed initial public offering, citing poor "market conditions."

New site features hospital ratings
HealthCareReportCards.com rates cardiac surgery and cardiology programs in hospitals around the United States using a five-star system.