June 21, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 10
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NGI, INTERNET2: THE INFORMATION SUPER DUPER
Many potential telemedicine applications are impossible today
because the Internet is slow, insecure, and not always reliable.
But physicians and others are participating in two national
research initiatives aimed at solving those problems.
Source: American Medical News - June 26, 2000
DENTISTS, DOCTORS TAP A NERVE ONLINE
Can you believe that a dentist's Web site gets 20,000 hits per
month? Me neither. Nonetheless, the California dentist is one of
a growing number of his brethren who are following doctors
Source: San Jose Mercury News - June 15, 2000
INTERNET SEX INFECTIONS
Are folks who find sexual partners on the Internet different from
those who find them in bars? And are they more likely to get
infected with a sexually transmitted disease? Inquiring minds at
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to know,
and they're using your tax dollars to find out.
Source: Salon - June 16, 2000
This article is a roundup of Web sites about pregnancy and
childbirth, written by a recently-expectant mother. She's not
keen on the pregnancy portals, but finds useful information
elsewhere. Most of the sites she discusses are British, as you
might expect from an article published by a British newspaper.
Source: The Guardian - June 15, 2000
HEALTHEON SUES ATLANTA MAN OVER DOMAIN NAME
Healtheon/WebMD has sued the owner of the domain name wbmd.com,
which is just one character different from the company's domain
of webmd.com. Healtheon claims that the owner of wbmd.dom uses
the address to direct Internet users to sites selling
prescription drugs and sex toys, and that the company's business
reputation will be damaged because visitors will think the
wbmd.com site is connected with Healtheon.
Source: Bloomberg News - June 14, 2000
MEDEM TOUTS ALTERNATIVE TO ACCESSING WEB SITE
More than 2,000 physician Web sites have been launched through
Medem Inc., a health information site backed by the American
Medical Association and six other medical societies. Medem works
differently than most portals: Users first access the Web site of
their local physician, which then leads them to Medem's huge
library of medical information. Medem officials said they expect
to launch 1,000 physician Web sites a week.
Source: Chicago Tribune - June 19, 2000
HEALTHEON/WEBMD REWORKS ACQUISITION
Healtheon/WebMD has adjusted the terms of its acquisition of
Medical Manager and its CareInsite subsidiary. Under the new
agreement, the chairman of Medical Manager and CareInsite will
have a much larger role in running Healtheon/WebMD, being named
co-CEO along with current Healtheon CEO Jeff Arnold. The new deal
also gives shareholders of Medical Manager/CareInsite more
Healtheon/WebMD stock because the latter company's share price
has plummeted in recent months.
Source: Industry Standard - June 19, 2000
PLANETRX PROGNOSIS: SALES DOWN
The online drugstore PlanetRX, which earlier this month cut 70
jobs, has announced that its revenues for the remainder of the
year will be lower than expected. The company also has hired
Goldman Sachs "to explore various strategic and financial
alternatives," which is believed to mean it's looking for a
Sources: Industry Standard - June 19, 2000
Bloomberg News - June 20, 2000
SEC PROBING HEALTH WEB SITE'S OPTIONS GRANTS
The sale of the OnHealth Network to Healtheon/WebMD could be
jeopardized by a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
investigation into OnHealth's granting of stock options. The two
companies agreed to the sale in February, and it was scheduled to
be completed in the third quarter of this year.
Source Bloomberg News - June 21, 2000
Anxiety Disorders: Real Illnesses
The National Institute of Mental Health has added five booklets
about various anxiety disorders to its site. The booklets, which
cover generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and
social phobia, are written using very simple language.
Lots of Internet sites provide information about prescription
drugs, but this one stands out because everything is written in
easy-to-understand language. The site's highlight is a searchable
database that provides information about individual prescription
drugs. For each drug, it explains why the medication is
prescribed, how the medicine should be used, special precautions
that should be followed, and possible side effects. The
information about each drug is more detailed at some other sites,
but the amount here should be sufficient for most users. The site
also offers brief articles about several topics, including
antibiotic-resistant bacteria, alternative medicines, and
preventing medication errors. The site is operated by the
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
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