Federal Communications Law Journal

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50 Federal Communications Law Journal 417 (1998)


The Clinton Administration's Health Information and Applications Working Group promotes networked health information provided to all citizens through the Internet as one way to lower health care costs while improving the health of Americans. Managed care organizations and private health information providers already use the World Wide Web to disseminate consumer health information to broad segments of society. No standards exist to ensure that the information these Web sites carry is accurate and otherwise free from corruption. Disclaimers as to the reliability of the information as well as to the responsibility of the information provider for any harm caused by the information attempt to limit further consumer rights. Federal legislation modifying current common law could protect consumers from harms caused by insufficient accuracy and integrity. Such legislation need not sacrifice the Clinton Administration's goal of developing and promoting networked health information.