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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4472

Title: COM4/392: In Vitro Diagnostic Net: Virtual community and marketplace of laboratory medicine
Authors: Dressel, M
Keywords: Abstract
In-vitro Diagnostic, Laboratory Techniques and Procedures
Issue Date: 19-Sep-1999
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: M Dressel. COM4/392: In Vitro Diagnostic Net: Virtual community and marketplace of laboratory medicine. J Med Internet Res 1999;1(suppl1):e17 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/1999/suppl1/e17/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/1999/suppl1/e17/ ] Introduction: Using the Internet for laboratory needs to quickly retrieve information, such as special parameters, addresses, market news & innovations or a product's manual, is time-consuming. There exist already numerous Web sites and their number is ever-increasing. But does the useful information presented in these sites always reach the desired target group? Evidence shows that this has not happened, so far. IVD-net has identified this problem and devoted a good deal of effort to resolving it, over the last year. As an alternative to time-consuming searches in a large number of sources, IVD-net offers a centralized, firmly established Internet forum devoted to in vitro diagnostics. Methods: IVD-net intends to be a guiding compass in the "jungle" of Web-pages dealing with laboratory medicine. This guidance is being created in a virtual community of specialists and interested people this field. It is the community of people connected by a common interest in in-vitro diagnostics. In this community, step-by-step, a network of knowledge and experiences is created, where each member can benefit from. IVD-net is authentic; there is no contribution without reference to the original source. Results: Structure of IVD-Web-sites: German and English languages. "public" pages for welcome and orientation. interactive "members'" pages for registered members. Membership is free of charge. Members pages consist of: News: daily new information and scientific events. News Group: the bulletin board for your questions, answers, comments, information. Addresses : list of addresses and/or home pages of important partners in laboratory medicine directly linked to their URL. Archives: thematically arranged & handy for research. Hardware and Software: marketplace of instrumentation and a software catalogue. This is a virtual catalogue with efficient search functions, direct ordering options and attractive special offers of alternative suppliers! Discussion: Economic globalization and increasing pressure to reduce costs in public health systems bring up a great challenge; the one of finding new solutions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4472
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.1.suppl1.e17
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Appears in Collections:Volume 1 (1999)

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