Whats Next

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2001-11-26 Print this article Print

Whats Next

Now that Teva has solved the tough security and privacy problems posed by MSWatch, the company plans enhancements that could boost its community of users. Singh, for example, is working on streamlining the process for posing new medical and scientific data on the site. One way to speed this lengthy process, Singh said, would be to secure content from an independent provider that would verify its accuracy and compliance. Singh said he hopes to have a content provider in place by the second quarter of next year.

Finally, Teva is looking into making some MSWatch content downloadable onto wireless Compaq Computer Corp. iPaq and PalmPilot handheld devices. By the third quarter of next year, patients may be able to access their calendars via handhelds to check doctor appointment times or for daily medication reminders and to be able to download a treatment diary that can then be shared with health care providers.

But even without future enhancements, the site is clearly a success, both for Tevas marketing efforts and for the MS patients for which it provides a much-needed community. As one MS patient, "gardengirl," said recently in an MSWatch chat room, "This is my second home."

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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