Thursday, November 06, 2008

BPN 1259 Consortium domain .health launched

The International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) and ISOC Belgium have agreed to launch a consortium to work on the elaboration of a proposal for the new gTLD domain run called .health. Recalling the first attempt at .health in 2000, the Board of the ISfTeH is very enthusiastic about the project.

The basic goal of this application is two-fold: securing the platform we all need for privacy and confidentiality in delivering our personal private medical data through the world wide web, and ensuring that reliable health information is made available to citizens as we empower them to contribute to their health and wellbeing. We are all aware of the growing cyber criminality, and the increasing capacity to unlawfully access data. The .health domain will offer the possibility to ensure that access is granted only to authorized medical staff (doctors, specialists, hospital staff, etc.). In addition, ownership of medical data will be certified as being delivered by corresponding certified medical staff/specialists. The success of several eHealth projects depends on the reliability of the internet community which delivers and accesses private personal medical information.

Partners in the consortium are The International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth and ISOC Belgium. Besides the medical world the partner will the participation of governmental bodies directly involved in health matters, especially in eHealth projects. Before the end of 2008, the consortium hopes to have collected enough information to submit the proposal to the domain regulating body ICANN.

Blog Posting Number: 1259


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