Hippocrates Would Roll Over in His Grave: An Examination of Why Internet Health Care Programs Should Obtain Informed Consent From Their Users
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Prasse, Kathleen E.
INTRODUCTION|A study by Microsoft revealed that approximately eight million people do a health related internet search daily. A poll from 2007 found that approximately seventy-six percent of adults who are fifty five years old or older searched for medical diagnoses using the internet. From these searches alone, 500 million to one billion dollars were generated each year from the advertising that appeared during the searches. A Microsoft executive estimated that the dollars generated from the aforementioned advertising would increase to five billion dollars within five to seven years. Planning to make money from advertising which was to appear on its own search engine, Microsoft created HealthVault ("HealthVault") as an online, secure storage site for health information. Microsoft created HealthVault to allow users to upload personal medical records to one location and to then share the medical records with their families, physicians, and programs that have teamed up with HealthVault. A number of programs and websites joined HealthVault to provide services such as monitoring a variety of health information and creating health plans for users. HealthVault created a convenient place to find and share medical information for an overall more effective health care experience...
42 Creighton L. Rev. 733 (2008-2009)
Creighton University School of Law