Welcome to PediHeartNet

PediHeartNet is a private, un-moderated discussion group on the Internet. Its purpose is to provide a means of communication for professionals involved in the care of children with heart disease. Originally it was called "PediHeart" - renamed "PediHeartNet" in 2004.

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About PediHeartNet

What is PediHeartNet?

PediHeartNet is a private, un-moderated discussion group on the Internet. Its purpose is to provide a means of communication for professionals involved in the care of children with heart disease. Originally it was called "PediHeart" - renamed "PediHeartNet" in 2004.

How does it work?

PediHeartNet is a listserver. Electronic mail sent by a member is automatically re-distributed by e-mail to all the all other members. These are called "postings".

PediHeartNet provides the opportunity to participate in a worldwide discussion with professionals involved in various aspects of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. On a usual day there are approximately five to ten postings.

PediHeartNet today

PediHeartNet was started in 1994 by Drs. Kenneth Jue and Adam Birek at Valley Children’s Healthcare. It currently has over 1,500 members from over 60 countries. Members come from leading academic centers, private and public institutions in larger cities and also from relatively isolated areas. The vast majority of members are cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, but a variety of other professionals are represented. Over 20,000 messages have been posted so far. Responses to a survey done in February 2009 illustrate the wide reach of PediHeartNet: over 170 responded (approx. 90 from the US and 80 from other countries). PediHeartNet is thought to be a high quality electronic discussion group, to have a definite educational value and a positive influence on clinical practice. 1, 2, 3

PediHeartNet is a free service

The mailing list and site are currently run by Laura Birek and Adam Birek. Past financial support has been provided by the Isabelle Jue Memorial Educational Foundation, Pediatric Anesthesia Associates Medical Group/Pediatric Critical Care Consultants, Valley Children's Healthcare, UCSF - Fresno Medical Education Program and Pediatric Cardiology (Springer-Verlag N.Y.)

How to subscribe?

Membership is restricted to health professionals involved in the care of children with heart disease. To subscribe go to the How To Join form. The administrators, Laura Birek and Adam Birek can be reached via the contact form below.

How to Join

PediHeartNet is a mailing list for medical professionals only. To subscribe to the PediHeartNet mailing list, please fill out the form below. Once the form is submitted, a list administrator will review your request as soon as possible.

PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBSCRIBING

A condition for subscription to PediHeartNet is that participants understand and agree to the terms listed below. If you do not fully agree to these conditions, both in spirit and in the letter, please do not subscribe to PediHeartNet.

With over 1,500 members, PediHeartNet is a PUBLIC FORUM. No one can control what happens to information posted on PediHeartNet. Discussion on PediHeartNet is not intended and should not be construed as a consultancy nor as advice on a particular patient or patient care. It is a forum for the dissemination and development of general medical knowledge. Please do not rely on comments posted on PediHeartNet to make specific patient care decisions, and do not include printed versions of these comments in any patient's medical record. Protection of patient privacy is the responsibility of the persons posting information.

PediHeartNet is a vehicle designated to facilitate communication between private individuals and improve the care of children with heart disease. It does not monitor, moderate, judge, censor or promote the content of the messages. Individuals posting messages on PediHeartNet bear the sole responsibility for the content of their messages.

The persons USING the information gained on PediHeartNet have the sole responsibility for any consequences or damages resulting from their action. PediHeartNet, its operator(s), financial supporters, members, Valley Children’s Healthcare bear no responsibility whatsoever, direct, indirect, consequential or otherwise resulting from any action or lack of action related to the activities on PediHeartNet. PediHeartNet may reject any applicant for any reason whatsoever, may terminate the membership of any subscriber at any time without reason, may stop operation at any time without prior notice and may restrict access to any individual. PediHeartNet may or may not keep records of the messages sent through the system and it does not guarantee the accuracy of the messages transmitted.

If you are already a member and would like to post to the mailing list, send an email to pediheartnet@googlegroups.com. For more information, please visit the mailing list's general information page.

If you have any further questions about PediHeartNet, feel free to contact info@pediheart.net.

Thank you for your interest in PediHeartNet!

Contact PediHeartNet

Please use this form to contact PediHeartNet administrators. If you would like to subscribe to PediHeartNet, please use the How To Join form above.