Who are we?
To examine interactive health communication (IHC) technology and its
potential impact on the health of the public, the Science Panel on Interactive
Communication and Health (SciPICH) was convened by the Office of Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS). The panel is comprised of 14 national experts from a
variety of disciplines related to interactive technologies and health, including medicine,
human-computer interaction, public health, communication sciences, educational technology,
and health promotion. Federal and external
liaison groups representing more than 24 federal agencies and offices within and
outside of DHHS and 25 non-federal or private sector organizations respectively provide
assistance to the SciPICH in developing, reviewing, and disseminating its work.
Since 1996, the panel has met several times a year to discuss and review its collaborative
work and related products, such as this Web site. The general goal of the panel is to
accelerate the appropriate development, adoption, use, and evaluation of IHC
applications. The panel's final report will be published early in 1999.
About this site:
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has
sponsored this Web site as a free informational service to the public.
- Content and sources:
The contents of this site are for information and educational purposes only and should not
be interpreted as clinical advice of any type. The content provided is either produced or
reviewed for reliability by the SciPICH members, federal and external liaisons, and staff. Sources are either cited in or at the end of a
document. Our Resource Center's Journal Articles and Books page offers a comprehensive
list of sources used in the panel's work.
The date of the most recent update
to a document is noted at the bottom of each Web page. New content is projected to be
added to the site on a monthly basis while submitted resources will be reviewed and added
as received. The field of IHC changes constantly and this site intends to keep current
with IHC news and advancements.
- Links to other sites:
Any reference or links to a specific product, company, or organization noted on this Web
site does not imply endorsement by the Science Panel on Interactive Communication and
Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or any of the Panel members'
- Submissions to our site:
We welcome your submissions of IHC-related resources for this
site, and suggest that you review our IHC Checklist for
guidance when nominating a resource.
- Confidentiality & privacy:
The panel encourages visitors to first read this Web site's disclosure statement on privacy and confidentiality of submissions before providing any
personal information online.
You may contact the panel by using the feedback form or e-mail address, SciPICH@nhic.org.
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