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Jen-Ai Hospital Websites are in Compliance with the HONcode (1)

2003/08/11
BY MARK K. CHAN
TAICHUNG, JEN-AI HOSPITAL - DALI

@@On July 18, 2003, Jen-Ai Hospital English Website and on August 11, 2003, Jen-Ai Hospital International Patient Center Website were found to be in compliance
with the Health on the Net Foundation's Code of Conduct (HONcode). HONcode, created by Health on the Net Foundation in 1996, addresses one of Internet's main healthcare issues: the reliability and credibility of medical and health-related information on the Web.
@@The Internet has become one of the most widely-used communication media in the world and with various softwares available to the public, anyone with some time and effort, can design a website and present any information on the Web. The problem is therefore no longer finding the information but assessing the credibility of the information, as well as the relevance and accuracy of a document retrieved from the Internet. In some cases, websites provide no appropriate documentation regarding the scientific design of a medical study, nor are studies made available that support the given claims.
@@The Health On the Net Foundation, a Swiss organization, has created the 8 Principles in its Code of Conduct to help standardize the reliability of medical and health information available on the Web. The HONcode is not an award system, nor does it intend to rate the quality of the information provided by a website. It only defines a set of rules to hold website developers to basic ethical standards in the presentation of the information and help remind the public to be aware of the source and the purpose of the data that they are reading.
@@The HONcode aims to raise the quality of healthcare information available on the Net. It is a self-regulatory, voluntary certification system based on an "active seal" concept. While primarily intended for healthcare site developers and publishers, the blue-and-red HONcode seal on subscribing sites also helps users identify sources of reliable information. Among other things, it addresses the authority of the information provided, data confidentiality and privacy, proper attribution of sources, transparency of financial sponsorship and the importance of clearly separating advertising from editorial content.
@@Some 3,000 websites are now formal HONcode subscribers, of which about 80% of these websites are based in the U.S., but the proportion of European and other non-U.S. sites has been steadily growing in the past few years. In Taiwan, there were only 9 websites that once adhered to the HONcode, but only 3 websites are still found to be in compliance. The HONcode now exists in 26 language versions : Arabic, Catalan, Simplified Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
 



 
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