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The UK Telemedicine Information Service. Jim Briggs, Keir Francis, Anita Smith University of Portsmouth, UK Dick Curry, CMW Associates Bruce Madge, British Library. Contents. Background History – NDTM The BL connection Implementation Mailing list Conclusion. Background.

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The UK Telemedicine Information Service

Jim Briggs, Keir Francis, Anita Smith

University of Portsmouth, UK

Dick Curry, CMW Associates

Bruce Madge, British Library


Contents

  • Background

  • History – NDTM

  • The BL connection

  • Implementation

  • Mailing list

  • Conclusion


Background

  • 1996: Survey of UK telemedicine activity

  • 1997: Further survey of telecare

  • Commissioned by the Research and Development Division of the Department of Health


NDTM

  • NDTM set up to disseminate and update information

  • Website funded by Dept of Health RDD

  • Launched October 1998


NDTM entries


NDTM readership


The BL connection

  • Collaborating since May 1999

  • Telemedicine Information Service

    • Website

    • Walk/call-in service at St Pancras

  • More information available than just projects


The TIS website

  • Projects

  • Companies: products or services

  • People: practitioners or experts

  • Resources: books, articles and websites

  • Particularly significant initiatives:

    • NHS Direct

    • DERA Virtual Hospital


The TIS website

http://www.tis.bl.uk/


Implementation

  • Oracle database with search functions in PL/SQL

  • Advantages:

    • well-known product

    • can use standard interfaces to the database including SQL and ODBC

    • can dynamically generate pages using a variety of products (e.g. Perl, PHP, Cold Fusion)

    • not tied to one operating system platform

    • solutions easily scalable


Telemedicine mailing list

  • [email protected]

  • About 230 members

  • Typically 3-5 messages a week

  • High signal to noise ratio

  • Community building


http://www.tis.bl.uk


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