Value Line's Healthcare Information Services industry consists of a set of corporations that provide data, products, and services to customers ranging from hospitals and physician practices to pharmaceutical and biotech companies to private individuals. Although the customer base is contextually quite broad, the companies in Value Line's group tend to be focused. For instance, those targeting hospitals and physician practices can be viewed as software companies, offering information systems that work to automate the clinical side of healthcare. Those serving pharmaceutical and biotech companies are best thought of as market research and consulting firms, whose products and services characterize trends in the drug business. Finally, those providing health-related information to private individuals do so via a set of Internet portals supported by healthcare industry sponsorship and advertising.