HealthESites
March 7, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 9
ISSN 1530-3608
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PRIVACY'S GUARDED PROGNOSIS
As more and more medical records are stored in computer
databases, concerns are rising about protecting patient privacy.
The federal government is now reassessing rules developed by the
Clinton administration that would govern patient privacy.
Source: New York Times - March 1, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/01/technology/01MEDI.html


ALLHERB PLOWED UNDER
The founder of AllHerb.com has pulled the plug on the company,
which sold herbs and vitamins online. The company tried to
survive by remaining small, but competitive pressures and a
series of misfortunes sealed its doom.
Source: Washington Post - March 6, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27545-2001Mar5.html


EMERGENCY BIRTH CONTROL PILLS ONLINE
The so-called "morning after" pill must be taken within 72 hours
after intercourse to prevent pregnancy. Now several Web sites are
writing quick prescriptions which customers can then fill
immediately at their local pharmacy.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - March 6, 2001
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/
morningafterpill010305.html



WebMD, QUINTILES HAVE HAD TALKS ABOUT
POSSIBLE MERGER OR ACQUISITION
The e-health company WebMD has conducted recent discussions with
Quintiles Transnational Corp., a pharmaceutical services company,
about a possible merger or acquisition. The discussions come as
the two companies battle in federal court over an agreement that
WebMD has to provide Quintiles with patient data. In court papers
WebMD claims it's concerned about the confidentiality of data
that could identify individual patients, but Quintiles says the
claim is bogus.
Source: Wall Street Journal - March 6, 2001
http://www.msnbc.com/news/539899.asp


WATCH OUT FOR PITFALLS OF ONLINE DRUG ORDERS
This article provides tips for buying prescription drugs online.
It also discusses numerous complaints filed against
Pharma-International, an online drugstore based in Pakistan.
Source: CNET News.com - March 2, 2001
http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1278-210-4996872-1.html


QUITTING SMOKING MADE EASIER THROUGH
INTERNET-BASED SUPPORT GROUP
The Web site QuitNet (http://www.quitnet.org) offers a wide range
of resources for people who are trying to quit smoking. The most
popular are the bulletin boards and chat rooms that allow smokers
to support each other while they're quitting.
Source: Canadian Press - March 1, 2001
http://news.excite.com/news/cp/010301/12/quitting-smoking-made


MEDICAL 2ND OPINIONS OFFERED ON WEB
Some Web sites are offering second opinions from medical
specialists for prices that can range from $500 to $1,200.
Doctors providing the opinions base them on the patients' medical
records, but never actually see the patients. The American
Medical Association says the practice may violate ethical
guidelines.
Source: Associated Press - March 1, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010301/tc/
second_opinion_online_2.html



PUBLISHING RAW DATA AND REAL TIME
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS ON E-JOURNALS
This article discusses the feasibility of placing raw research
data online along with the texts of medical journal articles. At
http://www.hutchon.freeserve.co.uk/demo.htm the author provides a
demonstration paper.
Source: British Medical Journal - March 3, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7285/530


HARRIS TO GET ILLNESS DATA FROM
DRKOOP.COM MEMBERS
The market research firm Harris Interactive is using the e-health
site drkoop.com to recruit people for a panel on chronic illness.
Harris will pay drkoop.com for each of its members who
participates in the panel.
Source: Reuters Health - March 6, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010306/hl/harris_1.html


U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SAID LACKING
Encouraging patients and physicians to communicate by e-mail is
one major change that can help improve the nation's seriously
inadequate health care system, according to a report by the
Institute of Medicine. The institute, a private organization
chartered by Congress, also recommended that insurance companies
pay physicians for e-mail and telephone consultations.
Source: Associated Press - March 1, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010301/pl/
health_quality_2.html

Institute of Medicine report:
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309072808/html


INTERNET CAN HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS
Good news for all mouse potatoes: You can actually lose weight
sitting at a computer. A study published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association found that overweight people who
were referred to weight-loss Web sites and who received weekly
e-mail advice from behavioral therapists shed pounds.
Source: Associated Press - March 6, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010306/tc/
cyber_dieting_1.html



LAW AGENTS RAID INTERNET PHARMACY
Federal and state law enforcement agents have raided a pharmacy
in Oklahoma that reportedly did a brisk business selling
controlled drugs on the Internet. The state is now trying to
revoke the licenses of the pharmacy and its owner.
Source: Associated Press - March 6, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010306/tc/
pharmacy_raid_1.html



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