HealthESites
June 28/July 5, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 11
ISSN 1530-3608
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Editor's Note
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The News
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ORIGINAL REPORT: TWO MORE JOURNALS END
FREE WEB ACCESS
Two more medical journals have announced that their electronic
versions will no longer be available for free. Starting July 10,
the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Infectious
Diseases will restrict online access to subscribers. Both
journals are published by the University of Chicago Press. On a
related front, the American Medical Association may be having
trouble limiting access to its online journals, including the
Journal of the American Medical Association. The AMA has provided
free access to online versions of its journals since September
1999, but in late May announced that starting in June only
subscribers would be able to access the electronic versions.
However, on July 4 full access was still available to
non-subscribers, and a new notice on the AMA Web site said only
that access would be restricted "soon."
Sources: Journal of Infectious Diseases Web site - June 23, 2000
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/access-help.pl?JID
Clinical Infectious Diseases Web site - June 23, 2000
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/access-help.pl?CID
Americal Medical Association Web site - July 4, 2000
http://pubs.ama-assn.org/whatsnew.html


GROUP WARNS OF UNLAWFUL WEB SALES OF FERTILITY
DRUGS
The American Infertility Association, a nonprofit advocacy group,
has issued an alert warning patients not to buy fertility drugs
from unknown sources on the Web. Overseas companies and people
with leftover medications are offering the drugs, which some
patients are buying in an apparent effort to save money. In the
United States, fertility drugs commonly cost nearly $2,000 for a
treatment, and many health insurance plans do not cover the cost.
Source: American Medical News - July 10/17, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/hlsa0710.htm


527s ON THE WEB
Using as an example a group called Citizens for Better Medicare,
this article looks at shadowy groups that claim to be
"grassroots" but are really fronts for corporations. According to
the article, it's very difficult to figure out who's behind the
groups' Web sites - even if you read the "about us" page. And who
exactly is Citizens for Better Medicare? It's a front for
pharmaceutical companies.
Source: Slate - June 28, 2000
http://slate.msn.com/netelection/entries/00-06-28_85228.asp


AMA DELEGATES SORT THROUGH PATIENT E-MAIL ISSUES
At its annual meeting, the American Medical Association's House
of Delegates approved guidelines for e-mail communications
between doctors and their patients. The delegates also instructed
the AMA to find a way for doctors to get paid for electronic
communications with patients.
Source: American Medical News - July 10/17, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesb0710.htm


DOCTOR DOT-COMS
After sitting on the sidelines for a long time, Harvard Medical
School is finally entering the Internet fray. It's finalizing a
deal to run the InteliHealth site owned by Aetna US Healthcare,
and it's also negotiating to put its nearly 200 continuing
education courses for doctors online.
Source: Boston Globe - June 30, 2000
http://www.digitalmass.com/news/daily/06/30/doctor_dot_coms.html


PATHS TO RELIABLE INFORMATION ON
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
This article discusses three alternative medicine sites that
provide information about topics such as herbs, acupuncture, and
vitamins.
Source: Los Angeles Times - July 3, 2000
http://www.latimes.com/news/health/20000703/t000062657.html


TAPPING THE NET TO PICK YOUR NEXT DOC: THE SEQUEL
Doctor referral and rating services are springing up all over the
Internet. This article rates the quality of four new services:
DoctorQuality, Healthgrades, MedAvenue, and BestDoctors.
Source: Gomez.com - June 28, 2000
http://www.gomez.com/features/
article.cfm?topcat_id=0&col=77&id=5687



DOCTORS STILL COOL TO HEALTHEON'S 'E-HEALTH' VISION
Healtheon/WebMD is scrambling to sign up physicians for its
online services, which range from claims filing to prescription
processing. But many doctors aren't yet convinced that going
online and changing their work flows will save them time or
money.
Source: Reuters - June 25, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000625/wr/
health_healtheon_dc_1.html



WEB WILL HELP DRUG COMPANIES SAVE TIME AND MONEY
The Web will dramatically cut the time and expense involved in
moving pharmaceutical products from the lab to regulators for
approval, according to experts at a London conference. Something
as simple as electronically transmitting data to regulators from
each step of the clinical trial process as it happens could shave
a year or more off the drug approval process.
Source: Reuters - June 23, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000623/wr/tech_drugs_dc_1.html


DRUG SALES TO DRIVE $18B NET HEALTH MARKET
Americans will spend more than $18 billion on Internet purchases
of pharmaceutical, health, and beauty products in 2004, according
to projections from the IT research firm IDC. That's a huge jump
from 1999 purchases totaling $250 million.
Source: E-Commerce Times - June 27, 2000
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/news/articles2000/000627-6.shtml


DR. KOOP SAVES HIS SITE AND HIS EQUITY
The namesake of the troubled health site Drkoop.com isn't
abandoning ship. Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has
signed a deal that allows the site to continue using his name and
likeness for seven more years. Koop's continued association with
the site is viewed as critical to its efforts to find a suitor,
which it desperately needs because of financial problems.
Source: Forbes.com - June 26, 2000
http://www.forbes.com/tool/html/00/Jun/0626/mu5.htm


The Sites
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Because the News section ran so long, the Sites section is taking
a temporary hiatus until next week.


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