HealthESites
November 29, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 26
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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INTERNET SURFERS WANT MEDICAL INFO, SURVEY SAYS
Some 55 percent of Internet users have looked for health
information online, according to a survey by the Pew Internet and
American Life Project. That makes health information more popular
online than sports scores, stock quotes, or shopping
opportunities. Perhaps most important, almost half of those who
sought health information online said what they found helped
improve their health.
Source: Reuters - Nov. 27, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001127/sc/net_health_dc_2.html
Pew study: http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=26


WOMEN TURN TO THE INTERNET FOR HEALTH
INFORMATION
Women who are "highly active" Internet users look for health
information on the Web more often than they use TV, radio, or
newspapers for health information. That's the result from a
survey conducted for Uniliver's Interactive Brand Center. A
majority of women who find health information online also say it
has helped them lead healthier lives.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 23, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001123/hl/www_2.html


WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL PRIVACY, MOST
DISTRUST THE WEB
Although Internet users love to find health information online,
they're not at all keen about storing their medical information
online, according to a Gallup poll. Nearly 90 percent said they
would not trust a Web site to protect the privacy of their
medical information.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 24, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001124/hl/net_privacy_1.html


SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR ONLINE HEALTH SITES MAY BE
COMING
The American Accreditation HealthCare Commission, better known as
URAC, is about to release proposed accreditation standards for
health Web sites. The proposed standards should be released for
public comment by the end of the year, and URAC's board of
directors is scheduled to approve final standards by July 2001.
Source: American Medical News - Nov. 27, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesb1127.htm


MERCK TO INVEST IN 'E-HEALTH' FIRMS
Merck & Co. has created a $100 million venture capital fund that
will invest in information technology companies devoted to
e-health. Besides getting money, promising companies will be able
to pitch their products to Merck.
Source: Wall Street Journal - Nov. 28, 2000
http://www.msnbc.com/news/495605.asp


MEDICAL RESOURCES INFORMATION FOR THE
CONSUMER
This article briefly describes just over two dozen useful health
sites for consumers. Many are general health sites, although a
few are devoted to specific conditions.
Source: College & Research Libraries News - December 2000
http://www.ala.org/acrl/resdec00.html


NATIONAL ELECTRONIC LIBRARY FOR HEALTH
GOES LIVE
In Great Britain, the National Health Service is about to launch
its National Electronic Library for Health. The site, which aims
to become one of the great libraries of the world, is expected to
serve as a quality filter for health information on the Internet.
Source: British Medical Journal - Nov. 25, 2000
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7272/1309


HAND-HELD DEVICE HELPS DOCTORS TAILOR
PAIN TREATMENT
Researchers at the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center in
Atlanta have developed Palm Pilot software that allows sickle
cell patients to frequently list their pain intensity, side
effects of pain medications, and other information related to
their pain levels. The information is downloaded to desktop
computers, and doctors use it to tailor pain management programs
for individual patients. Eventually, patients will be able to
send in their pain assessments over the Internet.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 23, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001123/hl/pain_1.html


AMA SELLS ITS MEMBERSHIP DATABASE
The American Medical Association is expected to make $18.8
million from the sale of information on its 650,000 members to a
company that specializes in creating databases. Critics fear that
the database will be used to solicit doctors with advertisements
that violate the AMA's own ethical standards.
Source: British Medical Journal - Nov. 25, 2000
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7272/1307/a


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