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Health On the Net's 20 Years of Transparent and Reliable Health Information

Published inStudies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol. 228, p. 700-704
Publication date2016
Abstract

The Health On the Net Foundation (HON) was born in 1996, during the beginning of the World Wide Web, from a collective decision by health specialists, led by the late Jean-Raoul Scherrer, who anticipated the need for online trustworthy health information. Because the Internet is a free space that everyone shares, a search for quality information is like a shot in the dark: neither will reliably hit their target. Thus, HON was created to promote deployment of useful and reliable online health information, and to enable its appropriate and efficient use. Two decades on, HON is the oldest and most valued quality marker for online health information. The organization has maintained its reputation through dynamic measures, innovative endeavors and dedication to upholding key values and goals. This paper provides an overview of the HON Foundation, and its activities, challenges, and achievements over the years.

Keywords
  • Quality standard
  • Ethics
  • E-health
  • Health information technology, Certification
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BOYER WALTHER, Célia et al. Health On the Net’s 20 Years of Transparent and Reliable Health Information. In: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2016, vol. 228, p. 700–704. doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-678-1-700
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