HealthESites
February 28, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 8
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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DRUG TRIALS REACH OUT FOR PATIENTS
(AND VICE VERSA) ON THE WEB
A growing number of Web sites offer information about clinical
trials of new drugs that are seeking participants. Some see this
as a great breakthrough that allows patients to pursue the latest
information on their own. But others fear that it provides false
hope to people who are often seriously ill.
Source: New York Times - Feb. 27, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/27/health/27CLIN.html


A PLAN TO SEND PRESCRIPTIONS ELECTRONICALLY
A new system being developed by three of the nation's largest
drug plan managers is expected to make it easier for physicians
to send prescriptions via PDAs or over the Internet. The
companies – AdvancePSC, Express Scripts, and the Merck-Medco unit
of Merck & Company - said the system will improve patient safety
by reducing errors and miscommunications.
Source: New York Times - Feb. 23, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/23/technology/23CARE.html


LUNG ASSOCIATION'S STOP-SMOKING PROGRAM
GOES ONLINE
The American Lung Association has launched an online version of
its seven-week Freedom from Smoking program. In its first week
online, 650 people signed up for the course at the Web site
(http://www.lungusa.org).
Source: Los Angeles Times - Feb. 26, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/business/cutting/20010226/t000017161.html


GROUP RELEASES STANDARDS FOR HEALTH WEB SITES
The American Accreditation HealthCare Commission, commonly known
as URAC, has released standards for health Web sites that cover
everything from privacy to content. URAC, a non-profit group that
accredits health-care organizations, plans to use the standards
to evaluate and accredit health Web sites.
Source: Reuters - Feb. 26, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010226/wr/
health_standards_dc_1.html



FSMB GRANTS PUBLIC ACCESS TO ITS PHYSICIAN
DATA BANK
A database that contains records about more than 115,000
disciplinary actions taken against physicians around the country
has been made public by the Federation of State Medical Boards.
Consumers can get a report about any doctor for $9.95. Meanwhile,
consumer groups are continuing their efforts to get the National
Practitioner Data Bank opened to the public.
Source: American Medical News - March 5, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prsb0305.htm


HEALTH INSURERS SLOWLY GO ONLINE
A number of different insurance companies are building and
testing systems that will allow doctors to submit claims online.
But doctors, who often submit claims to numerous insurance
companies, aren't likely to sign on until all the systems are
integrated.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Feb. 26, 2001
http://cofaxinq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/02/26/business/
EHEALTH26.htm



RADIOLOGISTS SEE THE (INTERNET) LIGHT
For years, radiologists have sent images to other doctors using
dedicated telecommunications lines or local phone lines. But a
new study says it's cheaper and more efficient to send the images
over the Internet.
Source: HealthScout - Feb. 24, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010224/hl/
radiologists_see_the_internet_light_1.html



PHYSICIANS' WEB SITES, eHEALTH PLANS MARK
FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE
The future growth of e-health rests on physicians creating Web
sites that offer credible information, appointment scheduling,
e-mail communications with doctors, and other services, according
to a study by Jupiter Research. The study predicts that by 2005,
online health transactions could hit $9 billion.
Source: CyberAtlas - Feb. 21, 2001
http://cyberatlas.internet.com/markets/healthcare/article/
0,,10101_594991,00.html



INTERNET IS USED TO EVADE CONTROLS ON DRUGS,
UN REPORT SAYS
Internet pharmacies that ship controlled drugs worldwide without
prescriptions are a major problem, according to the annual report
of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. The
board urged governments to work together to close down illicit
online pharmacies.
Source: Bloomberg - Feb. 21, 2001
http://www.bostonherald.com/business/technology/
drugs02212001.htm



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