Health on the net's 20 years of transparent & reliable health information

Célia Boyer, Ron D. Appel, Marion J. Ball, Jan H. Van Bemmel, Jean Paul Bergmans, Michel Carpentier, Denis Hochstrasser, Donald Lindberg, Randolph Miller, Jean Claude Peterschmitt, Charlie Safran, Michèle Thonnet, Antoine Geissbühler

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The Health On the Net Foundation (HON) was born in 1996, during the beginning of the World Wide Web, from a collective decision by health specialists, led by the late Jean-Raoul Scherrer, who anticipated the need for online trustworthy health information. Because the Internet is a free space that everyone shares, a search for quality information is like a shot in the dark: neither will reliably hit their target. Thus, HON was created to promote deployment of useful and reliable online health information, and to enable its appropriate and efficient use. Two decades on, HON is the oldest and most valued quality marker for online health information. The organization has maintained its reputation through dynamic measures, innovative endeavors and dedication to upholding key values and goals. This paper provides an overview of the HON Foundation, and its activities, challenges, and achievements over the years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)700-704
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in health technology and informatics
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE 2016 at the Health - Exploring Complexity: An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach, HEC 2016 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Aug 28 2016Sep 2 2016


  • Certification
  • E-health
  • Ethics
  • Health information technology
  • Quality standard

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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