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Physicians' Online Adds to Services

Physicians' Online, Inc. (POL), a community site for doctors, today announced new Internet resources intended to facilitate communication between patients and doctors on the Web.

Until now, POL said it focused exclusively on building an online community of physicians. With the introduction of the Physician Website service, POL explained it is expanding by helping its members increase productivity within their practices.

Member physicians can now use a template to create an online presence, the company said, where patients can access professional information related to the practice as well as personal information about their doctor.

"One of our primary goals in launching this service is to help empower patients with as much information as possible about doctors," said David Richards, POL president and CEO. "Further enhancements to the service will allow doctors to include health news and patient information on their Web sites."

Also announced today is a Web site feature designed to make pharmaceutical samples available to physicians through their desktop computers. POL said that members may select from an online listing of drugs available for sampling, print out a form and mail it to the sampling house.