IBM, eMD Join to Offer Internet Solutions to Doctors and IBM announced an agreement yesterday that aims to provide physicians and other medical practitioners with an Internet-based medication management solution.

eMD, Norcross, GA, a healthcare company, plans to build an information network that would provide doctors with Internet-based tools to better serve their patients. The company will use IBM's Small Business WebConnections, a subscription-based online tool.

IBM, Armonk, NY, also will offer its NetVista and ThinkPad systems, in hopes of helping medical offices make smoother transitions to the Web, according to a statement.

IBM and eMD claim the systems will offer physicians specialized domain names, shared Internet and e-mail access, and Web page design and hosting, among other things.

eMD plans to help physicians implement Small Business WebConnections.

The company also hopes to offer its network of medical professionals a medication management system for prescription drugs, a database of information to help diagnose and treat various diseases, and access to the company's group of online medical experts.

Representatives from eMD and IBM were not available for comment.

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