March 28/April 4, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 12
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This article updates the ongoing dispute about whether all
bioscience journals should allow free access to their articles by
posting them on PubMed Central, which was established by the
National Institutes of Health. A petition is now being circulated
that calls for boycotting any journals that don't participate.
Source: New Scientist - March 26, 2001
PC'S ENLISTED TO FIGHT CANCER
A new project aims to harness the down time of millions of
personal computers around the world to battle cancer. The
project, which is backed by Intel, could cut the time required to
develop new drugs by more than half.
Source: Associated Press - April 3, 2001
CLICKING TO RECOVERY IN TWELVE CYBER STEPS
A startup called eGetgoing is offering an online 12-step recovery
program for alcoholics. The company is marketing the program,
which costs $1,200, to corporations as an addition to their
existing employee assistance programs.
Source: Business Week - April 2, 2001
DRKOOP.COM LOSS WIDENS AS COMPANY
LOOKS FOR CURES
Drkoop.com, the struggling Web health company, had a net loss of
$22.8 million in the fourth quarter, with total revenue for the
quarter of $1.3 million. For the full year, the company lost $146
million and had revenue of $10.6 million.
Source: Reuters - April 2, 2001
FREE-SPEECH RULING BOON FOR ABORTION FOES
An infamous Web site called "The Nuremberg Files" that lists
names, addresses, car license plate numbers, and other
information about doctors who provide abortions is free speech
protected by the 1st Amendment, according to a ruling by the U.S.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling overturns a $107-million
verdict against two anti-abortion groups and 13 individuals who
were connected to the site or related "wanted" posters.
Source: Los Angeles Times - March 29, 2001
PLANETRx TO SELL OFF ASSETS
PlanetRx.com, which started out as a Web pharmacy, is liquidating
its assets. Meanwhile, CNET reports that an investor has filed a
suit against PlanetRx.com and the underwriters of its initial
public offering, alleging that they violated securities laws.
Sources: E-Commerce Times - March 30, 2001
CNET News.com - April 3, 2001
PFIZER, IBM AND MICROSOFT TRY TO
LURE DOCTORS ONLINE
Microsoft, IBM, and Pfizer are launching a new company - as yet
unnamed - that will offer software that allows doctors to file
insurance claims electronically, send prescription orders by
computer, and access patient medical histories with wireless
devices. The new venture joins an extremely crowded field that,
so far at least, has had limited success convincing doctors they
need to be wired.
Source: Industry Standard - March 29, 2001
WebMD'S CHAIRMAN CALLS IT QUITS
WebMD chairman Mike Long, the last remaining member of the
company's original management team, has resigned. He's being
replaced by CEO Marty Wygod, who will add Long's job to his
Source: Industry Standard - April 2, 2001
TWO COMPANIES TO BUILD FIRST 'ALL-DIGITAL' HOSPITAL
HealthSouth Corp., which operates hospitals and rehabilitation
centers across the United States, is teaming up with the software
company Oracle to build what's being touted as the first
"all-digital" hospital. The hospital, which will be built in
Birmingham, Ala., will have Internet screens at each patient
bedside, digital imaging, digital medical records, and a wireless
network that will allow health care providers to access patient
records from anywhere inside or outside the facility.
Source: Reuters Health - March 27, 2001
TEENS TURN TO INTERNET FOR HEALTH ANSWERS
A survey of 10-grade students has found that more than
three-quarters have used the Internet to find health information.
Some of the topics most commonly researched include sexually
transmitted diseases, diet, exercise, violence, and alcohol use.
Source: Reuters Health - March 23, 2001
INTERNET OFFERS INFO ON HALLUCINOGENS: STUDY
The Web offers a huge amount of information about acquiring,
manufacturing, extracting, and using a wide range of
hallucinogens, according to a study published in the American
Journal of Psychiatry. The researchers said many of the sites
offer information that is quite sophisticated and detailed.
Source: Reuters Health - March 22, 2001
MANAGED CARE ACCREDITOR TAKES ON
The American Accreditation HealthCare Commission, a nonprofit
accreditation body, is moving ahead with its plan to start
auditing and approving consumer-oriented health Web sites this
summer. To receive its seal of approval, sites will have to meet
standards that the commission now has out for public comment.
Source: American Medical News - March 26, 2001
DIGITAL SIGNATURE TECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTH CARE
This article examines the use of cryptography to secure medical
information on personal computers and the Internet. The authors
conclude that much work remains to be done, and advocate having
the federal government develop a dedicated security
infrastructure for health care providers.
Source: Southern Medical Journal - March 2001
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