HealthESites
October 11, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 20
ISSN 1530-3608
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Bruce Maxwell, Editor <bmax@silverhammerpub.com>
Silver Hammer Publishing <http://silverhammerpub.com>

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The News
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GAZOONTITE ENDS DOT-COM PORTION OF ITS OPERATION
Gazoontite, a company that sold consumer allergy and asthma
products through a Web site and five retail stores, has filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company closed its Web site
late last month, although the stores remain open. Gazoontite's
attorney said the firm went through more than $25 million in
private financing.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Oct. 11, 2000
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/
archive/2000/10/11/BU63414.DTL



QUALITY OF WEBSITES: KITEMARKING THE WEST WIND
In a superb editorial, the British Medical Journal questions
whether it's possible to reliably rate the quality of health Web
sites. It also questions the need for ratings, pointing out that
health information in newspapers, magazines, books, and radio and
TV programs is not rated - even though much of it is "wrong,
incomplete, and unbalanced."
Source: British Medical Journal - Oct. 7, 2000
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7265/843


IS IT REALLY RELIABLE?
A growing number of physicians, hospitals, and health companies
are moving applications to the Internet, despite some questions
about the network's reliability. However, most experts say the
Internet is perfectly reliable - as long as you take careful
steps and have backup systems readily available.
Source: Internet Health Care - October 2000
http://www.internethealthcaremag.com/html/current/100100_2.htm


ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING AND MONITORING ARE NEEDED
TO IMPROVE DRUG USE
In this editorial, the Archives of Internal Medicine strongly
supports the growing use of electronic prescribing. It notes,
however, that any system must ensure patient confidentiality.
Source: Archives of Internal Medicine - Oct. 9, 2000
http://archinte.ama-assn.org/issues/v160n18/ffull/ied00003.html


THE SKINNY ON DIET DOT-COMS
The Web offers a variety of weight-loss sites that provide advice
and support for free or a small fee. This article examines some
of the major sites.
Source: Business Week Online - Oct. 16, 2000
http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_42/b3703147.htm?scriptFramed


HYPOCRITIC OATHS
Lots of health Web sites ask you to enter sensitive medical
information to take full advantage of their features. This
article advises proceeding with caution, since there are no
guarantees that your sensitive information will remain private.
Source: Red Herring - October 2000
http://redherring.com/mag/issue83/mag-hypocritic-83.html


DOCTOR NO
Companies have churned out a huge array of software and hardware
aimed at doctors, hoping doctors will give up their old paper and
pencil ways for the electronic world. But most are resisting,
largely because many of the products make their lives harder
instead of easier.
Source: Red Herring - October 2000
http://redherring.com/mag/issue83/mag-doctor-83.html


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