New Data From Vertibrae Show Physicians Want More Technology, Practice Management Tools

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Vertibrae

    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Data from the latest physician survey
 conducted by Vertibrae, a leading builder of online medical communities,
 provide revealing new details into what today's physician thinks about
 technology, the Internet, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and online
 purchasing.  Of Vertibrae's almost 25,000 physician members, more than
 5,000 participated in this large-scale survey over a two-week period.
     Not surprisingly, the majority of physicians would like technology and
 tools to help them save money and better manage their practices.  Physicians'
 office expenditures continue to rise, with almost 40 percent of doctors
 spending more than $100,000 each year on office expenses alone.  And despite
 the preponderance of medical websites offering practice management software
 tools, more than 50 percent of the Vertibrae physicians polled still desire
 practice management software as a way of maximizing their income and reducing
 expenses.
     The survey also found that although physicians are looking to adopt
 technology into their practices, they are also looking for bargains:
 65 percent of doctors would like discounted high-speed Internet access, and
 37 percent are interested in purchasing computers from a Vertibrae community
 site.  Furthermore, 35 percent of Vertibrae physicians currently own a PDA,
 and more than half of those who do not, plan to purchase one within the next
 60 days.  To obtain complete survey findings, contact Dean Beals, executive
 vice president and publisher of Vertibrae.
 
     About Vertibrae
     Vertibrae is a network of medical Web channels specifically created to
 fulfill the clinical and informational requirements of today's practicing
 physician.  Each site is governed by an expert Advisory Board, consisting of
 some of the country's most reputable clinicians and researchers within each
 specialty.  The original content is written by physicians to provide focused,
 distilled information and services.  Beyond merely reporting the latest
 medical news, the Boards' expertise offers a perspective that is unique on the
 Internet and of true value to physicians.
     Vertibrae's growing online medical community includes sites in
 rheumatology (www.RheumatologyWeb.com), anesthesia (www.AnestheiaWeb.com), HIV
 drug resistance (www.HIVresistanceWeb.com), radiology (www.RadiologyWeb.com)
 and gastroenterology (www.GastroenterologyWeb.com).  Future communities
 include sites in cardiology (www.CardiologyWeb.com) and infectious disease
 (www.InfectiousDiseaseWeb.com).
     Silicon Alley-based Vertibrae is a division of Mediaworks Inc.
 (www.mwnyc.com), a leading provider of interactive resources for medical
 professionals.  To learn more about Vertibrae, please visit the website at
 www.vertibrae.com or contact Dean Beals (212-219-8600).
 
 

SOURCE Vertibrae
    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Data from the latest physician survey
 conducted by Vertibrae, a leading builder of online medical communities,
 provide revealing new details into what today's physician thinks about
 technology, the Internet, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and online
 purchasing.  Of Vertibrae's almost 25,000 physician members, more than
 5,000 participated in this large-scale survey over a two-week period.
     Not surprisingly, the majority of physicians would like technology and
 tools to help them save money and better manage their practices.  Physicians'
 office expenditures continue to rise, with almost 40 percent of doctors
 spending more than $100,000 each year on office expenses alone.  And despite
 the preponderance of medical websites offering practice management software
 tools, more than 50 percent of the Vertibrae physicians polled still desire
 practice management software as a way of maximizing their income and reducing
 expenses.
     The survey also found that although physicians are looking to adopt
 technology into their practices, they are also looking for bargains:
 65 percent of doctors would like discounted high-speed Internet access, and
 37 percent are interested in purchasing computers from a Vertibrae community
 site.  Furthermore, 35 percent of Vertibrae physicians currently own a PDA,
 and more than half of those who do not, plan to purchase one within the next
 60 days.  To obtain complete survey findings, contact Dean Beals, executive
 vice president and publisher of Vertibrae.
 
     About Vertibrae
     Vertibrae is a network of medical Web channels specifically created to
 fulfill the clinical and informational requirements of today's practicing
 physician.  Each site is governed by an expert Advisory Board, consisting of
 some of the country's most reputable clinicians and researchers within each
 specialty.  The original content is written by physicians to provide focused,
 distilled information and services.  Beyond merely reporting the latest
 medical news, the Boards' expertise offers a perspective that is unique on the
 Internet and of true value to physicians.
     Vertibrae's growing online medical community includes sites in
 rheumatology (www.RheumatologyWeb.com), anesthesia (www.AnestheiaWeb.com), HIV
 drug resistance (www.HIVresistanceWeb.com), radiology (www.RadiologyWeb.com)
 and gastroenterology (www.GastroenterologyWeb.com).  Future communities
 include sites in cardiology (www.CardiologyWeb.com) and infectious disease
 (www.InfectiousDiseaseWeb.com).
     Silicon Alley-based Vertibrae is a division of Mediaworks Inc.
 (www.mwnyc.com), a leading provider of interactive resources for medical
 professionals.  To learn more about Vertibrae, please visit the website at
 www.vertibrae.com or contact Dean Beals (212-219-8600).
 
 SOURCE  Vertibrae