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The Harvard Medical School-InteliHealth Partnership

In August 2000, Harvard Medical School, one of the world's preeminent institutions in medical education and research, became the flagship medical-content partner of InteliHealth. For Harvard Medical School, this partnership represents an expansion of the work of the Harvard Health Publications division, which has disseminated timely, accurate, and thorough medical information to the public for the last 25 years.

A core editorial faculty of 14 physicians and one pharmacist works closely with InteliHealth staff to create new content and to review articles and other content for clinical accuracy and relevance. Numerous contributing editors on the medical-school faculty — with expertise ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics — also work with the core faculty to maintain the highest possible standards for all content. Content developed specifically by the medical school is included throughout the site and is clearly labeled. For further information, see our editorial policy.

In addition, faculty are helping to develop software that will give consumers rapid, thorough, and credible answers to their specific health questions. The site also intends to focus increased attention on the health issues facing underserved populations.

About Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School is one of the world's preeminent institutions in medical education and research. The student body comprises 650 men and women in the M.D. program, 477 students in the Ph.D. program, and 132 in the joint M.D.-Ph.D. programs, part of which is sponsored in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They are taught by a faculty of nearly 8,000, the largest graduate faculty at Harvard.

The research carried out by Harvard Medical School faculty is at the forefront of basic biomedical science and clinical research. In the school's distinguished 218-year history, 13 faculty members have been recognized for their work with the Nobel Prize.

For its medical students, Harvard has inaugurated the New Pathway curriculum, a problem-solving, case-method approach to learning, which offers students the opportunity to come in contact with patient cases early in their studies. Students work and learn in 17 affiliated facilities:

Affiliated Hospitals & Research Institutions

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Cambridge Hospital
Center for Blood Research
Children's Hospital
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Joslin Diabetes Center
Judge Baker Children's Center
McLean Hospital
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts Mental Health Center
Mount Auburn Hospital
Schepens Eye Research Institute
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Veterans Administration Medical Center (Brockton/West Roxbury)

Health Internet Ethics

InteliHealth and HMS subscribe to the privacy principles of an international group, Health Internet Ethics (Hi-Ethics), and have imposed additional privacy standards on their relationship. For example, the site will provide clear guidelines for how it will utilize user-supplied information. Moreover, users must give explicit permission before any personally identifiable information will be released to a third party. For further information, see our privacy policy.

InteliHealth maintains a policy of clearly separating advertising and editorial content. All employees of both InteliHealth and Harvard Medical School must adhere to strict conflict-of-interest policies.

Last updated November 02, 2001

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