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Evolution of health web certification through the HONcode experience

Published inStudies in health technology and informatics, vol. 169, p. 53-57
Publication date2011

Today, the Web is a media with increasing pervasiveness around the world. Its use is constantly growing and the medical field is no exception. With this large amount of information, the problem is no longer about finding information but assessing the credibility of the publishers as well as the relevance and accuracy of the documents retrieved from the web. This problem is particularly relevant in the medical area which has a direct impact on the well-being of citizens and in the Web 2.0 context where information publishing is easier than ever. To address the quality of the medical Internet, the HONcode certification proposed by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) is certainly the most successful initiative. The aims of this paper are to present certification activity through the HONcode experience and to show that certification is more complex than a simple code of conduct. Therefore, we first present the HONcode, its application and its current evolutions. Following that, we give some quantitative results and describe how the final user can access the certified information.

  • Access to Information
  • Algorithms
  • Europe
  • Health Education/methods/standards
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Medical Informatics/standards
  • Publishing/standards
  • Quality Control
  • Software
  • Telemedicine/standards
  • United States
Citation (ISO format)
BOYER, Célia, BAUJARD, Vincent, GEISSBUHLER, Antoine. Evolution of health web certification through the HONcode experience. In: Studies in health technology and informatics, 2011, vol. 169, p. 53–57. doi: 10.3233/978-1-60750-806-9-53
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