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Health On the Net Foundation - HONinfo 1/2003 


*******   HON's survey results 

The latest HON's survey results have been released. Read the 
"Excerpt of the 8th HON's Survey of Health and Medical Internet 
Users" at: 

http://www.hon.ch/Survey/8th_HON_results.html 

The main findings of this survey include: 

- For both, patients or professionals, the most critical issues facing 
the medical Internet are the accuracy of information, the 
trustworthiness and finding information & navigation. 

-A great majority (66% of patients, 71% professionals) believe that 
certification and/or accreditation of medical web sites may help resolve 
the critical issues. 

-Among the patients who discussed the results of Internet searches with 
their care providers, 52% found the consultation more constructive. 

- Most people (59%) favor certified web sites. 

- And more: click on the above link.  There are interesting findings 
about comparative preferences of search engines (general or medical) by 
patients and by health professionals. 

The results are based on an online questionnaire voluntarily completed 
between May and June 2002. 



*******   Press release 

Health On the Net Foundation held its annual Foundation Council meeting the 
9th and 10th December 2002 in Geneva. Two new Board members were elected 
and will share the presidency, reflecting the Board’s desire to renew and 
reinforce itself following the loss of HON’s President, Professor Jean-Raoul 
Sherrer, who died in March 2002. 

The new members are Professor Randolph Miller, who will hold the office 
of President – USA, and Professor Antoine Geissbühler, who was elected 
President – Europe. The geographic co-presidency is the latest expression 
of HON’s increased international role in setting standards for online health 
and medical information. HON’s new leadership represents important 
constituencies in the field of Medical Informatics. 

******* 

The Health On the Net Foundation's team would like to take this 
opportunity to wish you and your family a healthy, happy and successful 
year 2003! 



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