November 28, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 40
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VIRGINIA INVESTIGATORS SAY DOCTORS
Virginia recently launched a Web site that profiles the state's
31,000 doctors. Most of the information comes from the doctors
themselves, and is not verified. State investigators have
identified about 10 doctors who they say either lied or omitted
crucial information, but it's taking months for corrections to be
Source: Washington Post - Nov. 27, 2001
FREE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS COME WITH STRINGS
On Web sites and in newspapers, pharmaceutical companies are
offering coupons for a free month's supply of major drugs like
the antidepressant Prozac. Not everyone thinks this is a good
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Nov. 27, 2001
KEEPING UP TO DATE ON VACCINES
This article briefly describes some of the leading Web sites
about vaccines. Since vaccination requirements vary around the
world, some of the sites are country-specific.
Source: The Lancet - Nov. 24, 2001
THE INCREASING IMPACT OF eHEALTH
ON PHYSICIAN BEHAVIOR
This 14-page report examines the growing use of the Internet by
physicians. Based on a survey of 400 physicians, it reports that
89 percent of doctors use the Internet. Most important, the vast
majority of physicians said that information they find online
influences everything from their knowledge about symptoms to how
they interact with their patients.
Source: Harris Interactive - Nov. 13, 2001
BIG BLUE TO HELP KEEP TABS ON BREAST CANCER
IBM has joined with the University of Pennsylvania to design a
computing grid that eventually could store mammograms from
thousands of hospitals in digital form. Doctors will be able to
upload, download, and analyze the data with secure Internet
connections. The system should improve access to patient data and
provide tools that allow physicians to quickly compare a
patient's current X-rays with those from previous years.
Source: internetnews.com - Nov. 28, 2001
BEIJING'S 'SECRET' GAY WEB CONFAB
Operators of 30 gay and lesbian Web sites in China recently held
a "private gathering" - you can't hold a conference or even a
meeting in China - to meet each other and discuss common
concerns. One of the key topics was how to use the Internet to
improve awareness about HIV and AIDS.
Source: Wired News - Nov. 23, 2001
ELECTRONIC MIND OVER GRAY MATTER
For years, science fiction authors have conjured up worlds where
computers interface with the human brain. Researchers at the
University of Texas at Austin are working to take that idea
outside the realm of fiction.
Source: Wired News - Nov. 24, 2001
U.S. DOCTORS BEHIND
IN ADOPTION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS
A poll by Harris Interactive has found that 17 percent of
American physicians use electronic patient records and nine
percent write electronic prescriptions. Those numbers are far
below those for physicians in countries such as Australia, New
Zealand, and Great Britain.
Source: CyberAtlas - Oct. 3, 2001
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