Hi-Ethics, Inc., Health Internet Ethics
Chairman: Michael Rozen, MD, WellMed, Inc.
President: Alan Greene, MD, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Hi-Ethics Position Statement on the May 23, 2001, CHCF/RAND study:
Hi-Ethics, Inc., or Health Internet Ethics, applauds the California
HealthCare Foundation/RAND study as an effort to improve the quality of
online health information for consumers. The study helps draw public
attention to an issue of great importance.
Hi-Ethics member companies are committed to earning the trust and
confidence of consumers who choose to use Internet health services for
improving their health and health care. Our common goal is to establish
and comply with high standards for privacy, security, credibility and
reliability so that consumers can realize the fullest benefits of the
The 14 Hi-Ethics Principles released in May of 2000 have already
guided the volunteer efforts of many health Web sites to implement
consumer-friendly, ethically sound policies and procedures. Hi-Ethics
and URAC announced May 21st, 2001, that a site's adherence to these
principles will be verifiable through URAC's Health Web Site
Accreditation Program. By combining the efforts of these two health
Internet quality leaders, the URAC Health Web Site Accreditation
program becomes the best and clearest pathway for health Web sites to
demonstrate their compliance with ethical standards.
URAC accreditation strengthens the implementation of the Hi-Ethics
Principles, because it expands input from a broad array of stakeholders
and because it provides the objectivity of independent, experienced
accreditation professionals needed to identify and resolve problems of
privacy, fair trade, and information quality.
The following press materials have been released by Hi-Ethics, Inc.
To contact an organization that is a member of Hi-Ethics, Inc., please visit the page for
members. You will find hyperlinks to their Web
sites, which contain contact information.