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    Dear Biomch-L readers,

    By way of (slightly provincial) example of the versatility of various email
    databases, I am reposting the following item from the HSPNET-L@ALBNYDH2

    [DIV.SUMmary] December 26, 1990

    The DIV system links 12 general hospitals and GPs in the south-west part
    of the Netherlands (Arnou et al., 1989). In this area 70% of MDs in Dutch
    Health Care have computers because they run their own pharmacies using
    computer records. The Dutch National Telephone Company is developing a
    nationwide health-care communication network.
    The key users are GPs with an average practice size of 2350 patients
    involving about 1700 specialist reports and 4300 lab reports (chemical
    lab., radiology, microbiology, pathology) per year. The data is placed
    in mailboxes on the mainframe computer (VAX/MICROVAX cluster) and the GP
    downloads the mail as needed using a public E-mail system - MEMOCOM (X400
    with packet switching by X25 protocol). A videotex message system was
    already operating for the national health service but E-mail was preferred
    because data and messages could be seperately stored and processed.


    Arnou PG, Bouman PC, Hasman A, Ferwada PH. 1989. IFIP World Conf
    Series on Med. Informatics; Medinfo 89 (Proc 6th Conf. Med.
    Informatics, Beijing, 1989). North Holland. Part 2:1121-1124.