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Modern Healthcare Lists Top 10 Health Care Sites on the Internet

Magazine article Information Today

Modern Healthcare Lists Top 10 Health Care Sites on the Internet

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According to an article in Modern Healthcare's March 11, 1996 issue, the Internet is empowering patients to manage their own health care. A number of excellent health care-related Web sites has been established that enable patients to gather information about medical conditions, treatment options, and hospital policies, as well as actual online patient registration in some hospitals, the article reports.

Technology companies are pegging healthcare as a key client, especially for intranets. Intranets are considered a perfect match for industries trying to manage data at multiple locations. One tantalizing idea that's being explored by the health care industry is to use the Internet to build community health information networks, which are regional networks of payers and providers that share clinical, financial, and administrative data.

"Already, academic medical centers, such as the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, are starting to share information with health plans over the Internet," said Dan Nutkis, Ernst & Young's national director for health care emerging technologies. "The technology is somewhat amazing. It's extremely cost-effective, and it has overcome barriers with connectivity." Electronic firewalls block access by the public, although security is still a concern among some users.

The article listed the 10 best health care Web sites, as rated by St. Anthony Publishing:

* Go Ask Alice (http://www.cc.colum bia.edu/cu/healthwise/)--Columbia University Health Service's no-holds-barred Q&A; 30,000 hits per day

* The ABCs of EDI (http://www. …

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