Mayo Clinic has proven that hospitals can play a significant and useful role in health education on the World Wide Web. Its Health O@sis Web site was selected for the 1998 International Webby Award in the category "health care" and has been named a finalist in the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Awards as well. In the past two years, Mayo Clinic Health O@sis has already won four international awards competitions. The winning site provides general information and specific answers to the medical concerns of the visiting public but in full respect of the ethical standards of the Health on the Net Foundation.
As a private group practice of medicine, Mayo focuses on offering diagnosis and treatment of illnesses with special attention to the individual patient needs. As a result, the clinical practice is strongly interwoven with advanced education and research programmes. Hospital and outpatient services are situated at three major locations, namely Rochester in Minnesota, Jacksonville in Florida, and Scottsdale in Arizona. Next to these, health care is equally provided through affiliated practices in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The same patient-centred philosophy is propagated via the Internet.
The Health O@sis Web site presents easy-to-understand, accurate and timely information on illness and disease, fitness and nutrition. Each weekday, the site is being renewed and up-dated. At present, it contains more than 4.500 pages and receives about 17.000 visits every day. Reason enough to be nominated out of thousands of sites that were reviewed for the "Oscars of the Web", appropriately called, the Webby Awards. They honour the most popular, innovative and successful Web sites in the whole world, spread over nineteen different categories. The awards ceremony has been broadcast live over the Internet from San Francisco.
In addition, Health O@sis was equally selected from over 800 entries by the Global Information Infrastructure Organisation which rewards the best practices and new models in the use of Internet and network technologies within eleven different categories. The GII Awards is an independent initiative for leading success industries and sectors of society that use the Internet and network technology to generate surprising results. The GII jury is composed out of a cross section of expert thinkers and practitioners in the various fields of the digital revolution. If you want to see for yourself what Mayo Clinic has in store with regard to public health care education, you should take a look at the Health O@sis web site.