HealthESites
April 25, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 15
ISSN 1530-3608
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BUSH WANTS MEDICAL MISTAKES LISTED ON NET
The federal government is developing a Web-based database where
doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers can report
their medical mistakes. But as Newsbytes reports, the database
will not be available to the public.
Sources: Associated Press - April 22, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010423/pl/
bush_medical_errors_1.html

Newsbytes - April 23, 2001
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/164819.html


DRUG MAKERS VENTURE ONLINE TO SPEED
DRUG TRIALS
Some of the nation's pharmaceutical giants are investing in new
companies that are using the Internet to manage clinical trials
of drugs. The drug companies hope using the Internet will speed
up clinical trials and provide cleaner data than they currently
receive from trials operated by hospitals and other institutions.
Source: Reuters - April 23, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010423/wr/
health_drugs_online_dc_1.html



WEB-BASED TERRORIST SURVEILLANCE EYED
During last summer's Democratic National Convention in Los
Angeles, local and federal health officials used a Web-based
system to detect any biological terrorism. The system only became
public last week, and some experts questioned whether it was
really needed.
Source: Associated Press - April 23, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010423/tc/
web_bioterrorism_1.html



HMO AIMS TO SLASH ERRORS, HASSLES WITH
E-PRESCRIPTIONS
As part of a six-month test, the Tufts Health Plan is giving 200
of its physicians hand-held computers. Doctors will use the
computers to write and send prescriptions, check for drug
interactions, and determine which drugs the health plan covers.
Source: Boston Globe - April 21, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/111/business/
HMO_aims_to_slash_errors_hassles_with_e_prescriptions+.shtml



BROWSING FOR A SECOND OPINION
Several Web sites offer second opinions by physicians for fees
ranging from $150 to $1,250. The sites are drawing criticism
because their doctors never physically examine the patients.
Instead, the doctors base their opinions exclusively on the
patients' tissue slides, lab results, and other medical records.
Source: American Medical News - April 23/30, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesa0423.htm


SECOND OPINION
Many of the early e-health companies tried to revolutionize
healthcare by computerizing nearly all aspects of the industry at
once. Most of those companies have gone belly up. The survivors,
along with some new firms, are now focusing on smaller projects
that involve just little bits of the healthcare system at a time.
Source: Fast Company - April 2001
http://www.fastcompany.com/change/change_feature/health.html


MANY INTERNET-SAVVY ADULTS GET
HEALTH INFO ONLINE
Seventy-five percent of American adults who use the Internet -
some 97 million people - have looked for health information
online, according to a Harris poll. Just over half of those
looking for health information - 52 percent - use portals or
search engines to find appropriate sites.
Source: Reuters Health - April 20, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010420/hl/online_1.html


AMA ASKS COURT TO REHEAR
ABORTION-FREE SPEECH CASE
The American Medical Association has joined 43 members of
Congress in asking a federal court to overturn a ruling that the
infamous "Nuremberg Files" Web site is free speech protected by
the First Amendment. The site provides pictures of doctors who
perform abortions and lists their names, addresses, car license
plate numbers, and other information.
Source: Reuters Health - April 19, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010419/hl/ama_1.html


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