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Publish Date: 02/26/99
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Articles on Internet Health Information Published

CincinnatióRoger Guard, director of Academic Information Technology and Libraries (AIT&L) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center, published two articles in the Guide to Health Care Resources on the Internet, 1999 Edition. One article, entitled "NetWellness: A Quality Online Health Service for Consumers," was co-authored by Guard, Stephen Marine, associate director of AIT&L, the NetWellness coordinators from Ohio State University (OSU) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and the executive directors of the Ohio Public Library Information Network and the State Library of Ohio.

Guard co-authored another article, "White Paper on Quality Assessment Criteria for Assessing the Quality of Health Information on the Internet," with members of the Health Summit Working Group, whose members include the American Medical Association and more than 40 other professional and consumer organizations.

In 1995, UC created NetWellness, and OSU and CWRU joined two years later. NetWellness' resources include: 300 health magazines, 24 health books, thousands of patient education materials, and an "Ask an Expert" service in which physicians, nurses, optometrists, pharmacists, and other health professionals from the three universities answer questions on 30 current health topics.

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