4 - 7 December 2003
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December, 7-9 2003

Special MedNet issues!

The SIM (Society of Internet in Medicine) announces Mednet2004

is planned for December 5-7 in Buenos Aires at the Argentinian Medical Association (http://www.latinmednet.com.ar/sede.htm). This was the venue for the Latin Mednet meeting and is centrally placed. Mednet2004 is due to start on the Sunday afternoon and will continue until the end of Tuesday afternoon. Early arrivals may enjoy most of the weekend in Buenos Aires and provision for tours is being made after the meeting.

The Local Organising Committee including the Co-ordinator and Chair was in the process of being setup, It will include Guillermo Goldfarb, Ricardo Herrero, Adrian Hunis, Alicia Lapidus, Ariel Melamud and the President of the AMA.

The website is at http://www.mednet2004.com.ar/


It is with a great pleasure that we thank every one who contributed to the success of this event, the scientific contributers for the richness and diversity of their interventions, the keynotes for sharing their large visions and expertises with us, the audience, from 29 countries as far as Kuwait, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, New Zealand, North America, for their cheerful participation, and also all those who gave their constant support to HON. The abstracts and presentations (PPT) are available online.

MedNet 2003, the 8th Annual World Congress on the Internet and Medicine "Internet in Health for All", was organized by Health on the Net Foundation (HON) and took place in Geneva at the University Hospital of Geneva, from 4 to 7 December 2003, in connection with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS - 10-12 December 2003).

MEDNET is an annual congress of the Society for the Internet and Medicine (SIM) and this international meeting brings together researchers, developers and users of applications of the Internet in Medicine. MEDNET is an opportunity to review recent developments and meet the innovators responsible, to reflect on ten years of the Web and how it has changed the world, and to look ahead to bringing the benefits of new information technologies to communities around the world. MEDNET welcomes participants from the many disciplines, which together have made the Internet an important new tool for the promotion of health.

The theme of MEDNET 2003, "Internet in Health for All", includes the following items included: access to health and medical information; trustworthiness, security and legal Issues of online medical information; Online health information and the consumer; and International cooperation in Internet medicine.
MedNet provided a forum for the discussion of issues in health information ethics, placing special emphasis on trustworthiness, security and legal issues of online medical information. HON was fortunate enough to have excellent keynote speakers for each day's plenary.

  • On Thursday, Richard Smith, editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), presented his vision of the future of electronic biomedical publishing. He also addressed ethical issues, including partnershis with pharmaceutical companies and the role of advertising, research misconduct and evolution of peer-review process.
  • For the Friday morning session, keynote speaker Rigo Wenning, European representative of the P3P initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) spoke on the topic of Online Privacy and Confidentiality.
  • And on Saturday morning, "Security over the Internet" was discussed by Professor Serge Vaudeney of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).
Closing the MedNet plenary on Saturday morning was an address by Mr Guy-Olivier Segond, Special Ambassador of the International Telecommunication Union to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and former President of the Foundation Council of HON.
Mr Segond, who has held senier positions throughout the Geneva government, related our work in MedNet to the upcoming World Summit, reminding MedNet participants that the WSIS addressed issues of equity that go beyond the introduction oh new technologies. There were many digital divides needing our attention, even here in Switzerland. Countries from the South also had an important role to play in the sharing of knowledge, among themselves and with the developed countries of the North.

In the context of WSIS, this conference was an opportunity for participants to contribute policy guidelines in collaboration with a wide range of actors from the medical Internet community, including non-governmental, educational, not-for-profit and commercial organizations.

The Mednet 2003 congress was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (CME) of 20 credits, acting on mandate of the AMG (Association of the doctor of Geneva). Official letter

We cheerfully thank WorldHealthCom for the webcasting of the MedNet plenary sessions.

Online abstracts and presentations are avalaible solely at authors' discretion; HON could not be considered responsible for their content.

HON Foundation is a nongovernmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). HON Foundation introduced the first code of ethical conduct for medical and health information on the Internet, the HONcode, in 1996.



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