Health professionals fear .health, .clinic Web domains will mislead consumers

Soon, health websites may end with .health instead of .com Web domains, and that has some in the healthcare industry worried that consumers could be scammed, according to a recent article from NPR.

Much like when people see .edu Web domains they consider it an educational institution, if .health, .doctor and .clinic are used, consumers could think they have medical credentials when they may not, Tim Mackey, director of the Global Health Policy Institute at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, told NPR. He gave the example of a company taking advantage of the Ebola outbreak by singing up for, which he said looks more legitimate than

Until domains like .health can legitimately be verified, Mackey said he thinks there should be a moratorium on such handles. Article