HealthESites
April 11, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 13
ISSN 1530-3608
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PILOT PROJECT TO PAY PHYSICIANS FOR E-MAIL 'VISITS'
Six large self-insured companies in Silicon Valley, including
Cisco Systems Inc. and Oracle Corp., have launched a pilot
project in which they'll pay physicians for responding to e-mail
messages from patients. Doctors will be paid $20 per "visit."
Source: American Medical News - April 9, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesb0409.htm


DATABASE TO OFFER ONE-STOP SHOPPING FOR
TREATMENT OPTIONS
A database designed to help physicians make treatment decisions
based on the best scientific information available is being
planned by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
and the Kanter Family Foundation. It's expected that developing
the database will cost $20 million to $50 million, and so far
only $2 million has been pledged for a prototype.
Source: American Medical News - April 9, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prsd0409.htm


PUBMED CENTRAL INCREASES ITS APPPEAL
PubMed Central (http://pubmedcentral.nih.gov), the National
Library of Medicine's Web site that offers free access to
peer-reviewed research articles from biomedical journals, has
loosened its rules to get more journals to participate.
Previously, journals had to submit the full texts of articles for
posting on PubMed Central. Now, journals can post the full texts
on their own sites, and PubMed Central will create links to them.
Source: British Medical Journal - April 7, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7290/818/d


LOOKING FOR A MATCH WHO'S FIT? 3 WOMEN
HAVE A WEB SITE FOR YOU
Three Philadelphia women have launched FitnessDate.com
(http://fitnessdate.com), which bills itself as "matching for
those who take health and fitness to heart." Subscribers (the
first month costs $19.95) fill out biographical questionnaires
and can submit photos, and can search for others to date.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - April 9, 2001
http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/04/09/magazine/
CAREY09.htm



WebMD MAKES CHANGES TO PLUG REVENUE DRAIN
It appears that Microsoft Corp. may have stopped underwriting
physician subscriptions to the WebMD Corp.'s portal for doctors.
WebMD had a net loss of $3.1 billion in 2000 on revenues of $517
million.
Source: American Medical News - April 9, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesc0409.htm


FTC CHARGES HEARST OVER DATABASE MONOPOLY
The 1998 acquisition by the Hearst Corp. of Medi-Span caused an
illegal monopoly of a drug information database, according to a
suit that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission plans to file. The
FTC says Hearst withheld key documents during a pre-merger review
and that price increases were "drastic" for the drug database
used by pharmacists and other medical professionals following the
merger.
Source: Reuters - April 5, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010405/bs/
media_hearst_dc_3.html



VITAMIN BIGGIE TABBED AS NET AIDS SCAMMER
Federal authorities have charged the founder of an Oklahoma
vitamin company with illegally selling an experimental drug over
the Internet that the company labeled "an AIDS treatment
breakthrough." On its Web site, the company falsely claimed that
the drug was developed in a "landmark AIDS study" that was
sponsored by the World Health Organization. The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration has not approved sale of the drug, known as
T-Factor.
Source: New York Daily News - April 6, 2001
http://www.nydailynews.com/2001-04-06/News_and_Views/
Media_and_Business/a-106233.asp



INTERNET MEDICAL USAGE IN JAPAN: CURRENT
SITUATION AND ISSUES
In Japan, 50 percent of physicians and 22 percent of patients use
the Internet to search for health information, according to this
study. The Japan Internet Medical Association is working on an
ethical code for Japanese health sites, which currently face no
restrictions on advertising medical treatments.
Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research - March 27, 2001
http://www.jmir.org/2001/1/e12/index.htm


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