Man In A Hurry

Jeff Arnold wasted no time building WebMD. But has he alienated potential partners?

Jeffrey T. Arnold's office at Healtheon/WebMD Corp. seems better suited to the president of a small bank rnold has been a young man in a hurry: In the three-and-a-half years since the former medical-equipment salesman doodled his vision for a health-care portal on a cocktail napkin, Arnold has completed a dozen mergers and inked scores of joint ventures--all part of a land grab to make his company, which will soon be known simply as WebMD, the top player in online health care. Arnold's goal: Use the Internet to seamlessly link virtually everyone in the business--patients, doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, labs, suppliers, and insurers.

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