From the International Medical Informatics Association

Updates From the Health On the Net Newsletter: May 2012

The latest issue of the Health On the Net Foundation newsletter (May, 2012) seeks, in particular, feedback on updating both the HONcode Web 2.0 principles and guidelines.

Give Your Feedback on Rules Used on Forums, Blogs, etc.

The Health On the Net Foundation introduced its original Web 2.0 guidelines in 2008. At present, HON is in the process of updating both the HONcode Web 2.0 principles and guidelines. We would therefore like to ask you to fill in this follow-up questionnaire, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The questionnaire is online until May 31st, 2012.

Online Health Information – Raising Public Awareness

All around the world, millions of people are looking for health information on the Internet. This can create difficulties for the person searching for reliable information: what information can be trusted – and what not?  During 2012, HON will be launching campaigns to make people more aware of the HONcode as well as how to search and access HONcode Certified websites.

But we can’t do this alone – we need YOUR HELP! We would like ask all HONcode Certified websites to participate in these HON campaigns aiming to raise public awareness on the importance of trustworthy and transparent online health information. In order to find the best ways to do this, we kindly ask you to answer this short questionnaire, which will be online until May 31st, 2012.

Survey Results – Before/After Pictures

The Health On the Net Foundation has published the preliminary results of its survey regarding before/after pictures (conducted in 2011). According to these results, almost half of the 1,365 respondents consider before/after pictures to be suspicious (45.3%). This said, most felt that this should not prevent the publication of the pictures.

Hence, HON is currently in the process of developing a guideline regarding the publication of before/after pictures, taking also into account the valuable feedback given by the respondents of the survey.

The preliminary results in more detail
HON’s current policy regarding before/after pictures

HON in the News: The Health On the Net Foundation is often referred to in the news all around the world. Media articles are listed on the website’s Press Corner.

HON on YouTube: You can now watch videos created by or related to HON on YouTube! – the official YouTube channel is HealthOnNet

Health On the Net Foundation (HON)
c/o HUG-Belle-Idée Chemin du Petit-Bel-Air 2
CH-1225 Chêne-Bourg, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 372 62 50
Fax: +41 22 30 55 728
E-mail: HONsecretariat[at]

HON is a Corporate Institutional Member of IMIA.

May 4, 2012 Posted by | HON Foundation | , | Leave a comment

NI2012 in Montreal, Canada – 50 days to go

There are now just 50 days until the start of NI2012, the 11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, in Montreal, Canada – see for all the details.

Advance registration rates close on May 17,  and after that, the higher on-site rates will apply – Special room rates at the Congress venue, the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, are also available until May 28, or until the block is filled –

The Congress starts with pre-Congress tutorials and workshops on 23 June (or optional tours on 22 June), and the official opening is on 24 June –  An itinerary planner is available ( together with information on webcast sessions.

Anyone who needs to secure an entry visa into Canada should visit the Canadian Immigration Office website. The French version is available here. If you need an invitation letter, please contact Dasha Cohen at dasha[at]

We hope to see many nursing informatics colleagues from around the world at NI2012 – and you will even be very welcome if you are not a nurse.

Twitter hashtag: #IMIANI2012 – see also Twitter stream at

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