bannersHon
  EN | FR | DE | SP | CN |
img
About HON
img PATIENT / INDIVIDUAL img MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL img WEB PUBLISHER img
img
 
img
   

img
img
img
About the
organization
 Mission & users 
 Who we are 
 Accredited by HAS 
 NGO status 
 Awards & Recognition 
 HON History  
    Beginings
    HON's 10 years
    HON and Geneva
    HON and Switzerland
img
Research &
Development
 In progress 
 Completed 
 Publications 
img
International
collaboration
 French-speaking Africa 
 English-speaking Africa 
 Spanish-speaking
   countries
 
 Arabic-speaking countries 
img
 Media Corner 
 Collaborations 
 Helping HON and Funding 
 Jobs offers  
 Ethical policy 
 Contacts 
 

Donate: You can support our work by clicking on the button below:


Our beginnings

Health On the Net Foundation's origins go back to September 7-8, 1995, when some of the world's foremost experts on telemedicine gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, for a conference entitled The Use of the Internet and World-Wide Web for Telematics in Healthcare [1].

The 60 participants came from 11 countries [2]. They included U.S. heart surgeon Dr Michael DeBakey [3], physicians and professors, researchers and senior representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) [4], International Telecommunication Union (ITU) [5], the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) [6], the European Commission [7], the National Library of Medicine [8] and the G7-Global Healthcare Applications Project [9].

As the conference wound up, they unanimously voted to create a permanent body that would, in the words of the programme, "promote the effective and reliable use of the new technologies for telemedicine in healthcare around the world."

HON's site went live some six months later. On March 20, 1996, www.hon.ch became one of the very first URLs to guide both lay users and medical professionals to reliable sources of healthcare information in cyberspace.

HON today

HON in the meantime has become one of most respected not-for-profit portals to medical information on the Internet. We are a Swiss foundation, operating out of Geneva with the generous support of local Geneva authorities [10].

Embedded in one of the liveliest, most innovative international centres for R&D in medical informatics and life sciences, HON co-operates closely with the University Hospitals of Geneva [11] and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics [12] . Our distinguished Council members [13] and Webteam [14] hail from several European countries and the U.S.A.

Among HON's distinguishing features are two widely-used medical search tools, MedHunt© [16] and HONselect© [17], and the HON Code of Conduct [15] (HONcode©) for the provision of authoritative, trustworthy Web-based medical information.

[1] The Use of the Internet and World-Wide Web for Telematics in Healthcare: http://www.hon.ch/cgi-bin/about
[2] Invited participants: http://www.hon.ch/Conf/Info/participants.html
[3] Dr Michael DeBakey: http://www.hon.ch/Library/papers/debakey.html
[4] World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/
[5] European Laboratory for Particle Physics International Telecommunication Union:http://www.itu.int/
[6] European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN): http://www.cern.ch/Public/
[7] European Commission: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg13/
[8] National Library of Medicine: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
[9] G7-Global Healthcare Applications Project: http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/in02287e.html
[10] Département de l'action sociale et de la santé (DASS): http://www.geneve.ch/dass/
[11] University Hospitals of Geneva: http://www.hug-ge.ch/
[12] Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics: http://www.isb-sib.ch/
[13] Council members: http://www.hon.ch/Global/HON_organisation.html
[14] Webteam: http://www.hon.ch/Global/HONTeamPhoto.html
[15] HONcode©: http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/
[16] MedHunt©: http://www.hon.ch/MedHunt/
[17] HONselect©: http://www.hon.ch/HONselect/




Home img About us img MediaCorner img HON newsletter img Site map img Ethical policies img Contact