Volume 11 (6) November/December 1997
Are you being Pushed?
The development of the WWW has largely been responsible for the phenomenal growth in the use of the Internet. The web is based on users actively seeking information by following links to pages of information. A relatively new technology is based on a system where users subscribe to information services which automatically deliver customised information to the user's computer, so called 'push' technology. Thus, rather than going out and seeking information, you just sit back and let information come to you. This assumes that you can rely on the information provider knowing exactly what information you would like to receive and also not swamping you with advertisements. The technology is still in its infancy, however, several applications have already been found e.g. delivering news, weather reports, sports results and share prices. Some of the software that provides push technology include Castanet and Pointcast. New versions of Netscape and Explorer will include push technology, so in the future all you will have to do is turn on your computer and information will be delivered to your doorstep!
There have been several new developments on PharmWeb in the last few months as our access statistics continue to break records. One of the previously reported developments was the installation of a secure server at PharmWeb. The first use of this technology has been the implementation of on-line registration for FIP membership. FIP members can now renew their membership by simply filling in an on-line registration form. Information is encrypted prior to being sent to FIP. For further information have a look at the FIP web site (http://www.pharmweb.net/fip.html). Another major development announced at Vancouver was the launch of a pharmaceutical care discussion group. The discussion group is for participants of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme of the Community Pharmacy Section of FIP. The aim of the discussion group is to support pharmacists who want to implement pharmaceutical care into their practice. For further information have a look at http://www.pharmweb.net/cpd.html.
As usual, if you have found any interesting sites on the Internet that we have not listed on PharmWeb and that may be of interest to the pharmacy community, please let us know.
Dr. A. D'Emanuele