HealthESites
March 21, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 11
ISSN 1530-3608
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FOR MEDICAL JOURNALS, A NEW WORLD ONLINE
Some paper medical journals charge $15,000 or more for a year's
subscription. The Internet, though, may lead to a restructuring
of the medical journal industry that makes information more
widely available and at a more reasonable price.
Source: New York Times - March 20, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/20/health/20JOUR.html


TEENAGERS FIND HEALTH ANSWERS WITH A CLICK
Many teens are too embarrassed to ask their parents questions
about health. Several Web sites have popped up to provide the
information that teens need, along with support through chat
rooms.
Source: New York Times - March 20, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/20/health/20TEEN.html


AMBULANCE-E.R. LINK MAY SPEED CARE
Doctors in Maryland are experimenting with an ambulance equipped
with a video camera. The camera allows them to watch as
paramedics conduct movement tests with suspected stroke victims.
This saves valuable time and makes it more likely the patient
will quickly receive the treatment needed to prevent permanent
brain damage upon arrival at the hospital.
Source: Associated Press - March 19, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010319/hl/telemedicine_1.html


DEAF COMMUNITY CONNECTING THROUGH
INSTANT MESSAGING
Instant messaging is making life much less frustrating for people
who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deaf people communicate with
each other using IM, and also use it to communicate with their
hearing co-workers, friends, and families.
Source: Dallas Morning News - March 19, 2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/printedition/article/
0,2669,SAV-0103190169,FF.html



SURVEY SHOWS DOCTORS EMBRACE INTERNET
A survey has found that 96 percent of physicians believe the
Internet will improve the quality of health care by 2003. Their
biggest complaint: systems at different health care organizations
are not compatible. They said the compatibility problem will have
to be solved if the Internet is to reach its maximum potential in
health care.
Source: Reuters Health - March 20, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010320/hl/www_1.html


THE INTERNET PREPS FOR A MEDICAL MIRACLE
Online health services have not fulfilled their hype. However,
speakers at a recent e-commerce health conference predicted that
will change in just a few years, with the Internet sparking a
revolution in personalized medicine.
Source: Interactive Week - March 19, 2001
http://www.zdnet.com/intweek/stories/news/0,4164,2696791.00.html


A NEW PRESCRIPTION FOR MEDICAL ERRORS
Since Brigham and Women's Hospital installed a computerized
system for entering medical orders, including prescription
orders, medication errors have fallen dramatically. The system
alerts doctors if they order a drug to which their patient is
allergic and if they order a drug that will interact with
another, and even helps calculate dosages in patients with
specific conditions. Systems like it are expected to become
standard equipment at hospitals around the country.
Source: Washington Post - March 18, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/health/A17974-2001Mar17.html


PBMs MAKE THEIR WAY INTO ELECTRONIC
PRESCRIPTIONS
Three of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit companies are
developing an online system that will hook up doctors with
pharmacies and the benefit companies. The system will allow
doctors to dispense prescriptions electronically, to immediately
learn whether a particular drug is covered by a patient's health
plan, and to be warned if the prescription they're writing might
interact poorly with another drug the patient is taking.
Source: American Medical News - March 26, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/
tesb0326.htm



PAGER HELPS PATIENTS WITH MEMORY PROBLEMS
It goes without saying that people with memory problems
frequently forget to take their medications. But an experiment in
England has found that a paging system that reminds patients of
their appointments and to take their medications helps people
with memory impairments remain independent.
Source: Reuters Health - March 16, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010316/hl/pager_1.html


HEALTHY DOSE OF DISEASE
This article describes nearly a dozen Web sites devoted to
disease. They range from sites for kids to sites for physicians.
Source: Los Angeles Times - March 15, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/business/cutting/20010315/
t000022526.html



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