HealthESites
October 25, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 22
ISSN 1530-3608
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DR. SPOCK LIVES ON IN BOOKS; COMING SOON, THE
WEB SITE
Dr. Benjamin Spock, who died in 1998 after guiding millions
through parenthood, is the namesake for a Web site that got a
shaky start last fall. The company hopes to survive fierce
competition by extending across a range of media, including the
Web, magazines, TV, radio, wireless communication, and other
avenues.
Source: New York Times - Oct. 25, 2000
http://nytimes.com/library/tech/00/10/biztech/technology/
25brek.html



A WEB BAZAAR TURNS INTO A PHARMACEUTICA
L FREE-FOR-ALL
With fertility drugs costing thousands of dollars in the United
States, some users are turning to the Internet to try to save
money. They're buying leftover drugs from other users or shopping
at online pharmacies in foreign countries. In either case, health
officials caution that they're taking a big risk.
Source: New York Times - Oct. 25, 2000
http://nytimes.com/library/tech/00/10/biztech/technology/
25cobu.html



ADVERTISING GIANT WILL TRACK WHAT YOU READ
ON THE WEB
The New York-based advertising giant Omnicom Group Inc. is
investing tens of millions of dollars in various e-health
companies. Why? It wants access to the personal information that
the companies' Web sites collect from consumers and doctors.
Source: American Medical News - Oct. 23/30, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesb1023.htm


DRUGSTORE DOT-COMS NOT A LONG TERM PRESCRIPTION
Fewer than 25 percent of Internet consumers have ever visited an
online drugstore, and just 7 percent have ever bought something
from one, according to a new survey. It was conducted by
InsightExpress, an online market research company in Connecticut.
Source: Reuters Health - Oct. 23, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001023/hl/www_1.html


THE RX FAILS TO CURE
Only days after laying off 10 percent of its employees,
drugstore.com announced a net loss of $45.7 million for the third
quarter on sales of $26.5 million. The company projects that
sales in 2001 will total $135 million to $145 million, but that
it will lose $105 million to $110 million before interest, taxes,
and amortization.
Source: Internetnews.com - Oct. 23, 2000
http://www.internetnews.com/ec-news/article/0,,4_492111,00.html


ANALYZING THE CYBERTHERAPISTS
Gomez.com found that none of the therapy sites on the Web met all
its criteria for quality. However, this article discusses some of
the better sites - and what they need to do to improve.
Source: Gomez.com - Oct. 20, 2000
http://gomez.com/features/article.cfm?topcat_id=0&col=73&id=6470


PLASTIC SURGERY WEB SITE GETS MAKEOVER
A Web site that provides referrals to plastic surgeons used to be
called Surgery.com. However, the company found that women were
uncomfortable with the name, so it renamed the site iEnhance.com.
Source: Reuters - Oct. 19, 2000
http://news.excite.com/news/r/001019/11/net-surgery-makeover-dc


HUMANA UNVEILS INTERNET-ACCESSED HEALTHCARE
PLAN
ChoiceCare, a Cincinnati subsidiary of Humana Inc., has launched
a Web site where members of its health insurance plans can do
everything from finding a doctor to checking on the status of
their claims. The site also allows doctors, employers, and
insurance brokers to perform some administrative tasks online.
Source: Louisville Courier-Journal - Oct. 19, 2000
http://www.courier-journal.com/business/archive/humana/
001019humana.html



ORGAN DONATION BY E-MAIL
Britain's National Health Service has opened a Web site where
people who wish to donate their organs when they die can
register. The site also allows them to send personalized messages
to relatives and friends announcing the decision.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Oct. 18, 2000
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_978000/978040.stm


ONLINE, OPERATIONS RAISE EYEBROWS
Consumers who want elective operations such as plastic surgery
can now bid for services at a number of online sites. The sites
say they help patients save money, but many doctors and medical
organizations warn there are lots of possible dangers in bidding
for surgery.
Source: USA Today - Oct. 24, 2000
http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/cti712.htm


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