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Physicians' Online to Build Global Internet Community for Doctors

Physicians Online, the operator of the Physicians' Online Network in the United States, teamed up with Germany's Health Online Service multimedica to build an international Internet community for doctors.

The new venture will enable member physicians in both Germany and the US to share clinical information within secure discussion areas.

"The practice of medicine has no boundaries," commented Physicians' Online (POL) president and CEO David Richards. "Because patients all over the world have the same basic needs, there are tremendous benefits for people everywhere when doctors can share information across borders instantly. And of course, physicians themselves benefit by broadening their knowledge network."

The new community will function as a separately branded area within the Physicians' Online and Health Online Service multimedica sites. According to the companies, multimedica subscribers will have access to all the services on the POL site.

Founded in 1994 and based in Tarrytown, New York, Physicians' Online is designed to provide its subscribers with access to MEDLINE and other medical databases, clinical symposia with peers and national experts, CME credits, daily medical news, recruiting services, private e-mail accounts, Internet access, and other services.

Based in Berlin, Health Online Service multimedica reaches more than 15,000 physicians. It is a joint venture of Bertelsmann AG, Scientific Springer Publishing House, and Burda Group.