It appears 1998 will turn out to be a promising year for the 21st century telemedical information society. The new and actually first International Conference on the Telemedical Information Society (ITIS '98) will be organised at HPCN Europe in Amsterdam from the 21st until the 23rd of April 1998. Several key figures in the world of telemedicine will present their expert view in a lecture or will actively attend the workshop.
ITIS '98 has one main objective which is to promote a discussion on how and what a telemedical society of the 21st century will look like. If such a society has to function on a global scale, we need to consult together on how the health care activities should coordinate and communicate amongst each other. Experts tend to consider the World Wide Web as the operational solution by excellence but how realistic is this possibility?
On the second ITIS '98 day, a most interesting workshop will take place, sponsored by HPCnet where exactly the issue of the World Wide Web (WWW) will be dealt with. Discussions will start from the following question: "Will a WWW-based telemedical information society be the health care society of the future?"
The Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine is planning to set up a discussion platform on the VMW-site to prepare both the ITIS '98 Conference and Workshop. More news and details on how to take part in our forum soon will follow. During the months to come, the VMW Magazine will regularly present articles on the issues that will be treated at ITIS '98. If you want to be kept well informed about what is cooking in the 21st century telemedical information society, please come and visit us at this very own web site!