October 4, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 19
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DISSEMINATING HEALTH INFORMATION IN DEVELOPING
COUNTRIES: THE ROLE OF THE INTERNET
Increasing Internet access in developing countries is a key to
improving their medical conditions, according to this article in
the British Medical Journal. The accompanying editorial notes
that "the information gap between the rich and the poor is
currently widening, both between and within countries," but
predicts that the electronic revolution will eventually narrow or
even eliminate the gap.
Source: British Medical Journal - Sept. 30, 2000
WebMD TO CUT 1,100 JOBS, TAKE CHARGE
WebMD, which seeks to connect doctors, patients, and insurance
companies using the Internet, plans to eliminate 1,100 jobs by
the end of 2001 and sell some non-core assets, according to
Reuters. The company said the job cuts will eliminate
redundancies caused by its recent acquisition of several other
companies. Red Herring offers a detailed profile of the company,
which was previously known as Healtheon/WebMD.
Sources: Reuters - Sept. 28, 2000
Red Herring - October 2000
IN SEARCH OF THE KILLER APP THAT WILL BRING
Every e-health company wants to create the "killer app" that will
achieve widespread acceptance and use by doctors. But there's no
agreement about what doctors really need and want, as interviews
with five doctors show in this story.
Source: American Medical News - Oct. 9, 2000
AMERICANS OPPOSED TO NATIONAL MEDICAL RECORDS
Americans overwhelmingly oppose creating a national database to
store personal medical records, according to a Gallup Poll
commissioned by The Institute for Health Freedom. The majority
also said that no one - including doctors - should be able to
access their medical records without their consent.
Source: Reuters Health - Sept. 27, 2000
STANDARDS FOR HEALTH WEBSITES IN DEVELOPMENT
Yet another set of standards for health Web sites is being
developed, this one by URAC, which was previously known as the
American Accreditation HealthCare Commission and is known for
accrediting managed care organizations. The standards are being
developed by a 27-member committee. The panel includes the deputy
editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association and
representatives of groups like the Internet Healthcare Coalition
and Hi-Ethics that have already developed standards.
Source: Reuters Health - Sept. 29, 2000
DrDREW.COM LAYS OFF WORKERS
The Internet site DrDrew.com, which dispenses advice to teens
about health, sex, and relationships, has laid off 14 of its 20
remaining workers. The site had 70 employees just three months
ago. It's expected that the site will be sold.
Source: Associated Press - Sept. 30, 2000
TEXAS PUTTING PHYSICIAN PROFILES ONLINE
In 2001, Texas will begin placing detailed profiles of the
state's nearly 50,000 physicians on the Internet. For each
physician, the site will include the business address, what
medical school he or she attended, any medical specialty, what
insurance the doctor accepts, the hospitals where the doctor has
privileges, and related information.
Source: Dallas Morning News - Oct. 3, 2000
ONLINE DRUGSTORE MORE.COM CUTS STAFF BY THIRD
The online drugstore More.com has laid off about a third of its
staff, although company officials declined to say exactly how
many employees were affected. The company had already cut 20
percent of its staff in June, and in May withdrew a filing for an
initial public offering. More.com officials said they expect the
company will be profitable sometime in 2001.
Source: CNET News.com - Oct. 2, 2000
LOCATING TIMELY DRUG INFORMATION
This article from the Los Angeles Times assesses what works - and
doesn't work - at Web sites operated by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (http://www.fda.gov) and the Pharmaceutical
Information Network (http://www.pharminfo.com).
Source: Los Angeles Times - Oct. 2, 2000
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