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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:

  • Sponsor:
    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.
  • Currency:
    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' affiliated institutions.
  • 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.
  • Questions:
    You may contact the panel by using the feedback form or e-mail address,

Ready to explore?

We invite you to take a quick tour to explore what is offered on our Web site and how you can use it to learn about the important issues surrounding IHC! 


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