November 22, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 25
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HIGH-TECH STEALTH BEING USED TO SWAY DOCTOR
By combining sophisticated databases, drug companies can learn
exactly what drugs individual physicians prescribe. They use this
data to decide which physicians to target with campaigns
promoting their drugs.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 16, 2000
WHO BLASTS INTERNET '.HEALTH' REJECTION
An Internet governing body has rejected a proposal from the World
Health Organization to create a new ".health" domain. WHO said it
was very disappointed by the decision from the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and hinted that it
might take unspecified steps to appeal the decision.
Source: Reuters - Nov. 17, 2000
MONITORING THE CHRONICALLY ILL FROM AFAR
This article examines existing and future disease management
applications that allow chronically ill patients to send regular
medical data to their doctors.
Source: Gomez.com - Nov. 17, 2000
KIDS 'STUFF THE PUFF' ON NEW WEB SITE
The American Cancer Society has opened a new anti-tobacco Web
site for kids that has informational materials, bulletin boards,
and chat rooms. One feature allows kids to send electronic
postcards promoting tobacco education to their lawmakers.
Source: MSNBC - Nov. 15, 2000
'TELEPSYCHIATRY' BRINGS NEEDED CARE TO
Researchers at the University of California at Davis report good
results from a new program that offers psychiatric care to
patients in rural areas through video conferencing. Patients use
a computer, high-speed modem, and video camera to communicate
with UC Davis psychiatrists.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 16, 2000
INTERNET MAY NOT BE THE BEST PLACE FOR
CARPAL TUNNEL FACTS
A University of Pennsylvania study examined the quality of
information available on the Web about carpal tunnel syndrome.
The 250 sites examined scored an average of just 28.4 out of a
possible score of 100. [Editor's note: The results may have been
skewed because researchers typed "carpal tunnel syndrome" into
five major search engines and then examined the first 50 results
from each engine, a search method almost guaranteed to return
lots of crummy sites].
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Nov. 20, 2000
THE INTERNET OPPORTUNITY IN HEALTHCARE
The healthcare industry as a whole is lagging way behind just
about everyone else in using the Internet to improve efficiency
and save money. This article examines a few ways that the
Internet is being used in healthcare and looks at future
Source: ClickZ - Nov. 21, 2000
WWW STANDS FOR WORLDWIDE WORRIES
Health is the most popular subject on the Internet after
pornography, according to this article from a British newspaper.
The story examines some of the common concerns about health
information found online, and lists a few top health sites in the
United States and Great Britain.
Source: Telegraph (Great Britain) - Nov. 21, 2000
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