In Search Of Doctor San

Before CareNet, Japan's hospitals needed weeks to match patients with specialists

We've been through B2B and B2C. Now there's H2H: hospital-to-hospital communication. CareNet Inc., Japan's first Internet health-care business, is trying to wire the nation's hospitals, clinics, and doctors into a single network that can quickly route patients to the right place. With Japan's population aging rapidly and its public health-care sector bleeding red ink, the country is counting on ventures such as CareNet to deliver much-needed Internet efficiencies.

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