April 18, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 14
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'CYBERCHONDRIA' HITS WEB USERS
Patients who lug in reams of Internet printouts when visiting
their doctors may be suffering from a new condition:
cyberchondria. That's the feeling of some British physicians, who
say that patients often misdiagnose themselves based on
information they find online and waste their doctors' time. Other
physicians, however, welcome patients educating themselves, and
help them find appropriate information on the Internet.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - April 13, 2001
A DOCTOR'S DISCIPLINARY-ACTION HISTORY IS
AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
A new site called the Federal Physician Data Center
(http://www.docinfo.org) offers information
actions taken against physicians by state medical boards around
the United States. But the site, which is operated by the
Federation of State Medical Boards, charges $9.95 per name
searched - even if the doctor you're checking has no disciplinary
Source: Los Angeles Times - April 16, 2001
MEDICAL ERRORS REDUCED BY COMPUTERS
A huge percentage of medication errors at hospitals can be
avoided by installing computerized order entry and monitoring
systems, according to a report by the federal Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality. The report says more than
770,000 people are injured or die each year in hospitals from
adverse drug events.
Source: Associated Press - April 11, 2001
AHRQ report: http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/aderia/aderia.htm
YOUR THERAPIST IS A CLICK AWAY
This article examines the explosion in the number of Web sites
that offer psychiatric information. They range from advertising
supported sites that provide free basic content to sites that
offer therapy online for a fee.
Source: Reuters - April 18, 2001
TO THE RESCUE!
Most of the first wave of e-health firms failed miserably, but
new firms are intent on computerizing everything from
prescription orders to patient records. Now the most important
question is who will pay for everything.
Source: Time Magazine - April 16, 2001
DOT-COM DIETSMART TIGHTENS BELT TO SURVIVE
Dieticians at the online diet company DietSmart draw up
customized diet plans for clients who pay $44.97 for the first
three months and $10 per month thereafter. Clients also receive
ongoing counseling and support. So far, the company has survived
by reducing expenses as much as possible and carefully tracking
the effectiveness of its advertising and promotion efforts.
Source: Wall Street Journal - April 16, 2001
ELITE AUDIENCE KEEPS AD DOLLARS COMING
This article profiles MDLinx.com, a company in Washington, D.C.,
that publishes more than 400 different daily e-mail newsletters
that summarize the latest medical journal articles and provide
links to the full texts. The newsletters are divided by medical
specialty. Subscriptions to the newsletters are free, but the
company hopes to earn a profit by the end of the year from the
very high rates it charges advertisers to reach its elite
Source: Washington Post - April 16, 2001
DRKOOP.COM TO BUY HOME INFUSION FIRM IVONYX
The embattled e-health company drkoop.com is buying IVonyx, a
company that provides home services for IV drips, for $7 million
in cash and stock. The deal also calls for Peter Molloy, chief
executive of IVonyx, to become president of drkoop.com.
Source: Reuters - April 16, 2001
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