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7 March 2000

Heidelberg University Hospitals Offer Comprehensive Service on New-Look Internet Pages

Information, knowledge, questions, research, presentation, communication at – University hospitals have an increasing number of internet visitors – At present 2,000 visitors every day

The modern age calls for a modern information policy. The hospitals of the University of Heidelberg are not only front-runners in medical research and technology, they are also completely overhauling their internet presence. In the last 12 months 17 million Germans have made use of the internet for professional or private purposes. Today many patients take advantage of this highly convenient opportunity of finding out about the medical services available. Doctors call in to get specialist information, visitors print out the route maps telling them how to get to the hospitals. Every day an average of 2,000 virtual visitors call in on the University hospitals. "With our new-look pages and ongoing updating of information," says Klaus Staab, director of the Information Management Centre (ZIM), "we're out to improve the services provided by the University of Heidelberg's hospitals."

"There's no doubt about it," says Prof. Hasso Plattner, co-founder of the highly successful SAP software company in nearby Walldorf, "the internet has come of age." In five years he reckons that all commercial enterprises will be internet companies.

The University hospital complex certainly qualifies for the term "enterprise". Its range of services covers all aspects of the subject of health. In view of this development it is doubly essential to make full use of the opportunities provided by the internet: 24-hour availability 7 days a week, world-wide access for patients, doctors, scientists, partners, suppliers.

Getting there

The internet address gets visitors straight to the start page of the University hospitals. While in the interests of corporate identity the five major headings "Research", "Teaching", "Institutions", "General Information" and "News" all have a uniform look, individual institutes and centres may differ in their outward appearance. Medical students Carl Robert Blesius and Heike Haunstetter have been working on the development and design of the internet pages for a year now.

As one would expect, the information available so far on these pages is provided first of all in German. But the amount of information in English is increasing all the time. At present English-speaking visitors will get most out of the pages on teaching and research.
Those English-speaking visitors inquiring about the teaching on offer should click "Lehre" on the start page and then scroll down to the bar "Information for Foreign Students". From there they will be taken to various interesting links, notably the International Relations Office ("Akademisches Auslandsamt").

Finding out about medical research work

"Forschung" is the word to click to get started on this one. Visitors are then guided to the Research Database (Forschungsdatenbank), where Heidelberg University scientists can post information about their projects. Here the quality and quantity of information (and the language that information is given in) depends on the individual scientist, department or lab involved. Of especial interest for most research visitors are a) the links to the collaborative long-term projects (Sonderforschungsbereiche) funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and b) the institutions working in close co-operation with the Medical Faculties: the University's own Heidelberg Biochemistry Centre (BZH) and Heidelberg Molecular Biology Centre (ZMBH), and prestigious non-university research centres like the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), the Max Planck Medical Research Institute, the German Research Centre on Ageing, the European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL). Here there is information galore to be had in English. Also available is a list of all medical doctoral dissertations completed in Heidelberg since 1998, complete with brief synopses.

Sabine Latorre

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