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Internet health care

posted on April 7, 2000


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TWO NEW YORK UNIVERSITIES WILL CONDUCT A STUDY TO DETERMINE IF IT'S POSSIBLE TO DELIVER HEALTH CARE SERVICES THROUGH THE INTERNET TO RURAL AND INNER CITY DIABETICS.

HALF OF THE STUDY'S 15-HUNDRED PATIENTS WILL RECEIVE COMPUTERS AND DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT. THE OTHER HALF WILL CONTINUE WITH THE CARE FROM THEIR DOCTORS. A CONTROL GROUP WILL ALLOW PHYSICIANS TO COMPARE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND BENEFITS BETWEEN THE TWO GROUPS.

IF SUCCESSFUL, THE FOUR-YEAR STUDY COULD LEAD TO GREATER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS OF RURAL AND INNER CITY AMERICANS.

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