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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

The UK Telemedicine Information Service

Jim Briggs, Keir Francis, Anita Smith

University of Portsmouth, UK

Dick Curry, CMW Associates

Bruce Madge, British Library

contents
Contents
  • Background
  • History – NDTM
  • The BL connection
  • Implementation
  • Mailing list
  • Conclusion
background
Background
  • 1996: Survey of UK telemedicine activity
  • 1997: Further survey of telecare
  • Commissioned by the Research and Development Division of the Department of Health
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NDTM
  • NDTM set up to disseminate and update information
  • Website funded by Dept of Health RDD
  • Launched October 1998
the bl connection
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
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 website1
The TIS website

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

implementation
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
Telemedicine mailing list
  • telemedicine@jiscmail.ac.uk
  • About 230 members
  • Typically 3-5 messages a week
  • High signal to noise ratio
  • Community building
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