Hi Janie, I came across this question in the May 26, 1998 issue of Medical Economics (p. 223, "Practice Management") that may explain in part why Drs. do not want to be listed on your web site: "Question: I think email is more efficient than the telephone or regular mail, so I'm thinking about including my address on my business card. Would it be wise to encourage patients to contact me via email? Answer: No, email creates malpractice and confidentiality risks. You'd be obligating yourself to check and respond to your messages several times a day, every day, including weekends, or to have a staffer monitor them for you. And email isn't secure from prying employers or computer hackers. Also consider what would happen if you changed your service provider. Patients with your old address would face communication delays, and you'd be forced to have your business cards reprinted." Hope this helps. Laurie A. Potter, MLS Medical Librarian [log in to unmask] _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 14:03:07 -0700 From: jane grosman <[log in to unmask]> I'm working with a the powers that be on our hospital/health system internet web site which includes a physician directory. Some of our docs are balking at being included (?!!) in this. I haven't a clue why they're twitty about it but does anyone have any studies, articles, practical evidence of support by physicians and for physicians being in an online directory that we could share with those who "don't believe"? Janie Grosman, M.L.I.S.