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Date:10/22/2007

One-day Conference Sponsored by Health Improvement Institute, Consumer Reports WebWatch

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health Improvement Institute is organizing a one-day workshop Monday, November 12 to explore the future of health information on the Internet.

Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland, the workshop offers the opportunity for health experts, representatives of relevant organizations, and consumers to analyze the adequacy of Web-based health information, to discuss methods for publishing and evaluating health information on the Internet, and to explore strategies to improve the quality and utility of online health information.

Consumers are increasingly using and even depending on the Internet for health information. "Continuation of these trends, current pressures for transparency, and employers' shift to consumer-directed health plans will help to ensure that the Internet becomes the dominant mode of accessing health information, with potentially profound implications for people's health, our health care system, and society generally," said Peter Goldschmidt, the Institute's Founder and President and the workshop's organizer.

Workshop participants will hear presentations from experts regarding the future of health information online, searching for the truth, the value of trustmarks, transparency, and the evidence about evidence. Presenters will include: Joan Dzenowagis, Program Manager of e-health at the World Health Organization; Tom Eng, President of Healia, Inc; Greg Scandlen, Director of the Center for Consumer Driven Healthcare; Joshua Seidman, President of the Center for Information Therapy; and Beau Brendler, Director of Consumer Reports WebWatch.

After the presentations, participants will break into small workgroup discussions of their choice to address such questions as:

-- Do consumers care about the quality of health information? What consumers want and wi
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