HealthESites
January 10, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 1
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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DOCTOR GROUP UNVEILS ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS
POLICIES
Medem, the e-health network created by the American Medical
Association and other medical societies, has developed new
guidelines covering doctor-patient interactions online. Many of
the guidelines cover physician Web sites.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 9, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010109/hl/www_1.html


UP FOR SALE: YOUR SECRET HEALTH FILES
Canada has a brand new privacy law, but the provision covering
health records doesn't take effect for a year. And even when it
does, there are lots of questions about exactly who will have to
comply.
Source: Toronto Star - Jan. 8, 2001
http://www.torontostar.com/apps/AppLogic+FTContentServer?
pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=
978928267281&call_page=TS_News&call_pageid=
968332188492&call_pagepath=News/News



FINDING MORE WAYS TO TRACK PATIENTS ON
YOUR PALM
This article examines current patient tracking software that
physicians can use with personal digital assistants such as Palm
Pilots. It notes that entering data is cumbersome and that
privacy concerns associated with "beaming" patient data from one
Palm to another remain unresolved.
Source: American Medical News - Jan. 15, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tecb0115.htm


BACK PAIN? ARTHRITIS? STEP RIGHT UP TO
YOUR MOUSE
It's no secret that the snake oil salesmen have taken to the
Internet. This article examines problems that the Federal Trade
Commission and Food and Drug Administration have in regulating
online claims for vitamins and minerals, and also looks at some
recent cases the agencies have concluded.
Source: New York Times - Jan. 7, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/07/technology/07VITA.html


DIGITAL DOCTORING
As this article vividly demonstrates, handheld computers such as
Palm Pilots can help doctors save lives by giving them immediate
access to information. And a slew of e-health companies are
developing other applications for handheld devices that will let
doctors do everything from beaming prescriptions to checking
insurance rules.
Source: New York Times - Jan. 8, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/08/technology/08HAND.html


WEBMD SEES NARROWER-THAN-EXPECTED LOSS
The e-health firm WebMD expects to post losses of $50 to $55
million for the fourth quarter of 2000. That's actually good
news, since the company had earlier projected losses of $60 to
$65 million.
Source: Reuters - Jan. 8, 2001
http://news.excite.com/news/r/010108/13/
net-health-webmd-outlook-dc



QUALITY OF WEB BASED INFORMATION ON
TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION: CROSS SECTIONAL SURVEY
Australian researchers who examined the content of 21 popular Web
sites about depression found that the general quality of
information presented was poor. However, they grudgingly admit
that "many sites did contain important and potentially useful
information."
Source: British Medical Journal - Dec. 16, 2000
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7275/1511


WELCOME TO THE #?!!*&*! FUTURE OF MEDICINE
In this article, a Washington Post reporter visits the recent
eHealthcareWorld conference and finds lots of continuing problems
with digitizing healthcare. The sidebar describes some Web sites
for consumers featured at the conference.
Source: Washington Post - Jan. 9, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25699-2001Jan5.html
Sidebar:
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25700-2001Jan5.html


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