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eHealth Code of Ethics

Name: eHealth Code of Ethics

Identifier: Not applicable

Issuing Organisation: eHealth Ethics Initiative 2000

Country: International

Language: English

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Availability: Free to Access

Type: Code of Ethics

Issue Year: 2000

Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Communication and Information  Digital Health  Health and Wellbeing 

Intended Audiences: Older People, Carers, Third (Voluntary) Sector Bodies, Private Sector Bodies, Professional and Trade Bodies, and Governmental and Public Sector Bodies


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

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: Medium

Older Person Specific: No

Usage / Adoption status: Not known


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