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eHealth Code of Ethics
Average reader rating: 9  
by Internet Healthcare Coalition 06 the future of Medicine

Vision Statement
The goal of the eHealth Code of Ethics is to ensure that people worldwide can confidently and with full understanding of known risks realise the potential of the Internet in managing their own health and the health of those in their care.

The Internet is changing how people give and receive health information and health care. All people who use the Internet for health-related purposes-patients, health care professionals and administrators, researchers, those who create or sell health products or services, and other stakeholders-must join together to create a safe environment and enhance the value of the Internet for meeting health care needs.

Because health information, products, and services have the potential both to improve health and to do harm, organisations and individuals that provide health information on the Internet have obligations to be trustworthy, provide high quality content, protect users' privacy, and adhere to standards of best practices for online commerce and online professional services in health care.

People who use Internet health sites and services share a responsibility to help assure the value and integrity of the health Internet by exercising judgment in using sites, products, and services, and by providing meaningful feedback about online health information, products, and services.

Health information includes information for staying well, preventing and managing disease, and making other decisions related to health and health care:

It includes information for making decisions about health products and health services.

It may be in the form of data, text, audio, and/or video.

It may involve enhancements through programming and interactivity.

Health products include drugs, medical devices, and other goods used to diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries or to maintain health. Health products include both drugs and medical devices subject to regulatory approval by agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or U.K. Medicines Control Agency and vitamin, herbal, or other nutritional supplements and other products not subject to such regulatory oversight.

Health services include specific, personal medical care or advice; management of medical records; communication between health care providers and/or patients and health plans or insurers, or health care facilities regarding treatment decisions, claims, billing for services, etc.; and other services provided to support health care.

Health services also include listserves, bulletin boards, chat rooms, and other online venues for the exchange of health information.

Like health information, health services may be in the form of data, text, audio, and/or video, and may involve enhancements through programming and interactivity.

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Please also take a look at the:
Articles, Links, Club of Amsterdam Forum
and the conference about 'the future of Medicine - The Patient Experince' on May 28, 2003

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