The heart of ACOR is a large collection of cancer-related online email lists, which has delivered millions of email messages to subscribers across the globe.
ACOR aims to:
- Provide information and support to cancer patients and those who care for them through the creation and maintenance of cancer-related Internet mailing lists and Web-based resources.
- Provide our subscribers with access to varied and credible information sources through Internet resource development and partnership with trusted content providers.
- Improve communication between patients and health care professionals through advocacy in a variety of public forums, including the media and professional journals.
- Respect its subscribers by:
- working to protect their privacy through the implementation of secure systems
- providing full explanations of the limitations of ACOR's ability to prevent unathorized access to the ACOR database
- promising not to sell or transfer personally-identifiable information to a third party without the informed consent of each subscriber BEFORE the data is collected
- educating users concerning relevant existing and emerging privacy concerns in Internet health care
- participating actively in the creation of ethical guidelines for eHealth
- ACOR is one of the original social networks, created long before the term became one of the buzzwords of the web 2.0 explosion of services. Since September 1995 ACOR users interested in specific and often rare form of cancers have benefited from the collective intelligence of hundreds of patients and caregivers.
- ACOR is also invested in researching medical online communities and has helped to produce some of the most important and groundbreaking projects designed to understand how the Internet helps people to become informed patients, able to maximize the quality of medical care they receive.