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Healthcare, Privacy, and Search Engine News

Magazine article Information Today

Healthcare, Privacy, and Search Engine News

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Healthcare has certainly been in the news lately with the fierce debate over the Obama administration's healthcare bill taking central attention for many. If you're wondering about which claims to believe, take a look at our NewsLink Spotlight that covers a number of fact-checking sites with a warning that you shouldn't believe everything you read.

Worries about the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, continue, and a number of information providers generously stepped up to offer free access to key resources: EBSCO, Springer, Gale, Thomson Reuters, and others.

Just in time for the cold and flu season, Microsoft announced a new website, H1N1 Response Center, which provides users with timely and relevant content and enables consumers to gauge symptoms and receive guidance using an H1N1 self-assessment service. The self-assessment, licensed from Emory University, is based on a Strategy for Off-site Rapid Triage, or SORT, which reflects current expert thinking and is grounded in a clinical strategy endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians. It lets users save information into a Microsoft HealthVault account (free).

MSN also launched the beta version of My Health Info, powered by HealthVault. "With My Health Info you will be able to securely manage your health information and research all your health related questions," according to the company.

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It's available in MSN Health and Fitness and requires a Health Vault account. …

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