Web Medica Acreditada

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Web Mèdica Acreditada (WMA)
Industry Healthcare
Founded 1999
Founder Medical Association of Barcelona
Headquarters Barcelona, Spain
Products Quality Hallmark, Certification, Virtual Community, Semantic Web
Website Web Mèdica Acreditada

Web Medica Acreditada (Health-related content Websites Accreditation Programme) is an international quality and certification programme of health-related content websites that was launched in 1999[1] by the Medical Association of Barcelona (Spain). The aim of this certification programme is to set up a trustworthy virtual community of health websites. The certification process is based on a peer review of the different features of websites in evaluation such as scientific content, authorship, up-to-date content, sources of information, legal and professional ethics aspects, website navigation and basic usability points.[2]

The general quality criteria are organized as follows:

  • Certification
  • Identification
  • Content
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Control and validation
  • Advertisement
  • Virtual consultation and second opinion

A survey carried out by the Health On the Net Foundation in 2005,[3] showed that Web Mèdica Acreditada (WMA) is for patients and professionals one of the most familiar certifications and trust marks systems in Europe and the USA. WMA has been collaborating in different European projects[4] funded by the European Commission to develop Web 2.0 and Semantic Web technologies[5] such as MedCIRCLE,[6][7] QUATRO[8][9] and MedIEQ[10])

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  1. ^ Mayer MA, Leis A, Ruíz P. Creating a virtual community to improve the quality of health information on the Internet: ten years of experience. Proceedings of the 16th WONCA Europe Conference, Malaga (Spain) 6–9 October 2010, p. 62-3.
  2. ^ Mayer MA, Leis A, Sarrias R, Ruiz P. Web Mèdica Acreditada Guidelines: Reliability and Quality of Health information on Spanish-language websites. En: R. Engelbrecht et al (Eds).Connecting Medical Informatics and Bioinformatics. MIE 2005: Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (CD-ROM). Geneve, Switzerland. Munich-Heuherberg, Germany; 2005.Vol I, No. 1, 2005. p.1287-92.
  3. ^ Analysis of 9th HON Survey of Health and Medical Internet Users
  4. ^ Mayer MA, Karkaletsis V, Stamatakis K, Leis A, Villarroel D, Thomeczek C et al. MedIEQ – Quality Labelling of Medical Web Content Using Multilingual Information Extraction. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2006;121:183-90.
  5. ^ Vilarroel D, Mayer MA, Leis A, Karkaletsis V, Stamatakis K, Metsis V, Nasikas P, Labský M, Ruzicka M, Svátek V, López-Ostenero F, Peinado V, Cabrera EA, Honkela T, Pöllä M. AQUA (Assisting Quality Assessment): a system based on Semantic web and information extraction technologies to support medical quality labelling agencies. Technol Health Care 2007; 15(5):368-69.
  6. ^ MedCIRCLE
  7. ^ Kohler C, Darmoni SD, Mayer MA, Roth-Berghofer T, Fiene M, Eysenbach G. MedCIRCLE - The Collaboration for Internet Rating, Certification, Labelling, and Evaluation of Health Information. Technology and Health Care, Special Issue: Quality e-Health. Technol Health Care. 2002;10(6):515.
  8. ^ Quality Assurance and Content Description Plus (QUATRO+)
  9. ^ Mayer MA, Karkaletsis V, Archer P, Ruiz P, Stamatakis K, Leis A. Quallity Labelling of Medical Web Content. Improving the Quality to Health Information: an international perspective. Health Informatics Journal 2006; 12: 81-87.
  10. ^ MedIEQ