HealthESites
January 24, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 3
ISSN 1530-3608
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TREATING DIABETES ONLINE
A four-year, $28 million study launching this fall will provide
1,500 diabetics with computers, Internet connections, and medical
equipment that lets them check their blood sugar levels and send
them by e-mail to doctors. The purpose is to learn whether the
investment in equipment actually saves money by preventing future
expensive complications.
Source: HealthScout - Jan. 23, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010124/hl/
treating_diabetes_online_1.html



BAT LURES YOUNG SMOKERS WITH 'DEVIOUS'
ONLINE SCHEME
A soon-to-be-launched Web site will tell young people around the
world about the hottest hotels, restaurants, and clubs. The site
will not say it's operated by British American Tobacco,
manufacturer of Lucky Strikes and other brands of cigarettes, or
that the venues listed just happen to be running special
point-of-sale promotions for BAT.
Source: The Guardian (United Kingdom) - Jan. 24, 2001
http://www.mediaguardian.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4122708,00.html


INTERNET ASSISTS IN GETTING KIDS HEALTH CARE
Nearly 1.5 million California children are eligible for public
health insurance but are not enrolled. To make the enrollment
process easier, the state has launched a program that lets
applicants sign up on the Internet.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 24, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010124/hl/
healthcare_internet_1.html



CANADIAN WEB DRUGSTORES OFFER DEEP DISCOUNTS,
LEGAL QUANDRIES
Prescription drugs cost far less in Canada than the United
States, so for years bus tours have taken American senior
citizens across the border to buy their drugs. Now several
Canadian pharmacies are offering online transactions to U.S.
customers, eliminating the need for the trip. Regulators claim
the practice is illegal, but so far have done nothing to stop it.
Source: Wall Street Journal - Jan. 18, 2001
http://www.msnbc.com/news/517922.asp


SECURITY BREACH: HACKER GETS MEDICAL RECORDS
There's lots of talk these days about security problems related
to electronic medical records. However, some experts say that
existing paper records are even less secure than electronic
files.
Source: American Medical News - Jan. 29, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesa0129.htm


DRUGSTORE.COM Q4 BEATS ESTIMATES
Drugstore.com lost a ton of money in the fourth quarter, but the
good news is that it lost less than analysts had predicted.
Despite company officials' prediction that the firm won't break
even until 2004, in the second story Forbes.com paints a mostly
rosy picture of its future.
Sources: Reuters - Jan. 22, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010122/bs/
drugstore_earns_dc_1.html

Forbes.com - Jan. 24, 2001
http://www.forbes.com/2001/01/24/0124drugstore.html


BROTHERS PLEAD GUILTY TO SELLING
DATE RAPE DRUG ONLINE
Two brothers have pleaded guilty to charges in New Jersey related
to their sale of date rape drug kits over the Internet. The kits
contained the ingredients for gamma hydroxybutyrate, a powerful
drug that causes unconsciousness.
Source: Newsbytes - Jan. 23, 2001
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/160929.html


PATIENTS LOOK TO NET TO HELP WITH MEDICAL CARE
A new survey conducted by Harris Interactive has found that most
people want to be able to interact with their doctors via e-mail.
Eighty-one percent of those surveyed also said they'd like to
receive e-mail reminders about preventive care.
Source: CyberAtlas - Jan. 19, 2001
http://cyberatlas.internet.com/markets/healthcare/article/
0,,10101_564911,00.html



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