Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Mr Tsai suggests that the collection
of data regarding patterns of software usage represents a hidden cost or perhaps
some new hazard to voluntary users of ePocrates.
Not only is this issue highly speculative, it is hardly novel. Physicians
are among the most studied professionals: witness innumerable surveys and
polls offered for our participation, often accompanied by honoraria.
We as Americans may not know it but data collection occurs regarding
our credit, our earnings, and even our shopping habits. For instance, following
my recent experience of purchasing a few flower bulbs at a local garden store
with a credit card, I soon found multiple bulb catalogs in my mailbox at home.
But is this really much of an issue?
Hogan R. Free Software and Physician Profiling—Reply. JAMA. 2002;287(1):45. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.40