January 17, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 2
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THE MEDIUM DOESN'T GET THE MESSAGE
Drug databases at health Web sites often lack the most current
information, according to a new report from The Detwiler Group.
Its conclusion: "An estimated 100 million Americans use the
Internet to get information about diseases and therapies, yet
even the best known sites aren't fulfilling their promise."
Source: Detwiler Group - Jan. 15, 2001
WebMD CEO WYGOD AIMS TO REVIVE STRUGGLING FIRM
WITH STRONG MEDICINE
This article takes a detailed look at the woes afflicting WebMD,
a company that does everything from providing consumers health
information online to handling insurance claims by doctors. The
firm's new CEO expresses confidence it will survive, although
whether he's right remains anybody's guess.
Source: Wall Street Journal - Jan. 17, 2001
PATIENT FILES OPENED TO MARKETERS, FUNDRAISERS
The new federal medical privacy regulations issued in the waning
days of the Clinton administration were supposed to safeguard
your most personal information. But for the first time they also
explicitly allow doctors, hospitals, and others to use patient
medical data for marketing and fundraising.
Source: Washington Post - Jan. 16, 2001
FDA CONTINUES TO FOCUS ON VIOLATIVE WEBSITES AS
CONGRESS LOOKS TO PASS INTERNET PHARMACY BILL
Bills that would increase regulation of Internet pharmacies are
likely to pass Congress this year. However, they fall well short
of enforcement tools requested by the U.S. Food and Drug
Source: Drug Discovery Online - Jan. 10, 2001
HEALTH WEB SITE MOVING TO CALIFORNIA
Just in time to cope with rolling blackouts, the troubled health
Web site Drkoop.com is closing its Texas headquarters and moving
to California. Forty-five workers will be laid off as part of the
Source: Associated Press - Jan. 16, 2001
HEALTH REGS LUCRATIVE FOR TECHS
The American Hospital Association estimates hospitals will spend
$22.5 billion to comply with the new federal medical privacy
rules. Technology companies that produce compliance solutions
stand to profit handsomely.
Source: Wired News - Jan. 15, 2001
DOCTORS TO TREAT PATIENTS ONLINE
The British government has unveiled a huge information technology
program that will allow general practitioners to get specialty
consultations over the Internet and patients to view their
medical records from home. As part of the project, every citizen
will have a lifelong electronic medical record.
Source: The Independent (England) - Jan. 14, 2001
HEADACHE BEFALLS U.K. MEDICAL ADVICE SITE
A new British Web site called Good-Doctor.com promises to help
patients find the best medical specialists available. But the
British Medical Association found that two of the doctors
recommended by the site lost their medical licenses last year for
serious professional misconduct.
Source: IDG News Service - Jan. 12, 2001
NEW STRATEGY NEEDED FOR ONLINE HEALTH
Most European Internet health ventures are failing, according to
a new report by the Boston Consulting Group. Typical e-commerce
business models don't work, the report said.
Source: NUA Internet Surveys - Jan. 11, 2001
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