What is Phacet.info?
Phacet.info is an electronic knowledge base system for books, scientific articles, internet links and patient-specific solutions to clinical problems, all in the field of pharmacological and pharmaceutical care. It is not one world-wide knowledge base, but a system that allows you to create your own knowledge base. Usually, each knowledge base is owned, set up, maintained and accessed exclusively by a group of collaborating clinical pharmacologists and pharmacists. We at Phacet provide the services to make this easy for you.
Phacet.info provides a centrally maintained repository which can be accessed over the Internet, using a password-protected and encrypted connection, from desktops, laptops and tablet devices. All documents can be read online, but any document can also be downloaded from the knowledge base to your computer. If needed, local copies of the repository, residing on laptops and tablet devices, can be synchronized with the central repository.
Phacet.info offers a high-resolution, hierarchical and healthcare-specific topics structure that allows you to classify documents and hyperlinks based on their contents. As a result, documents on the same topic will become clustered.
Your Phacet.info knowledge base will be updated weekly with specific collections of articles and guidelines. These will also become rigorously classified, allowing you to access documents on one topic from various angles and sources. You decide which collections (e.g. AJHP, BMJ, Cochrane, JAMA, Lancet, Medical Letter, NEJM, NICE guidelines and so on) should be present and updated in your knowledge base.
Phacet.info includes a free scanning service that digitizes books which are still available in a paper format only. We convert a paper copy into a searchable PDF file with bookmarks.
Information stored in Phacet.info can be accessed in two ways: topic-based, by browsing the folder structure, and search term-based, by using the powerful search engine.
topic-based access, by browsing the folder structure
search term-based access, by using the search engine
Why would you need Phacet . info?
Healthcare professionals become increasingly mobile and find themselves unable to carry along all information resources needed to fulfill their job. Phacet.info makes a huge amount of information available at your finger tips, wherever you happen to be. Complex pharmacotherapy issues can often be resolved without error-prone and time-consuming PubMed searches. The combination of topic-based and search term-based access allows you to use relevant information efficiently and to be more productive.
Phacet.info allows you and your colleagues to maintain a structured, high-quality common knowledge base which can be remotely accessed and managed, but also be distributed to individual laptops and tablet devices. It eliminates the need of maintaining individual small (and often low-quality) collections of articles and books.
Phacet.info‘s consultations function allows you to make solutions to clinical problems available to your colleagues, simply by e-mailing these to the knowledge base. Such consultations will turn up in the search engine, so if a problem has already been dealt with earlier, you will be able to reuse the solution.
Rational pharmacotherapy requires scientific insight combined with a vast amount of encyclopedic information. Phacet.info provides easy access to such information. Thus, preceptors can effectively accommodate their trainees’ information needs and guide them by earmarking documents as authoritative resources. The combination of topic-based and search term-based access allows trainees to acquaint themselves rapidly with a specific topic.
Phacet.info contains only information that is relevant to the group of professionals you share it with. You decide what is relevant, no one else. You will not be confronted with thousands of irrelevant search results. The search engine allows you to focus on specific document categories, such as books, primary literature, or documents designated by you as authoritative resources.
Using Phacet . info in daily practice
Phacet.info is designed for a group of collaborating clinical pharmacologists and pharmacists. This group determines which information is meaningful to them and should be shared. Phacet.info allows you to maintain a well-defined knowledge base, designed to facilitate your professional activities and to make you and your colleagues more productive.
Storing information in your knowledge base
You can store information easily in Phacet.info by uploading it using a Dropbox®-like interface. You can also send information by e-mail. You can restrict reading and writing access to specific user categories. All information will become indexed automatically. We can help you with the initial population of your knowledge base if you already have a set of digital documents. We can load and maintain your knowledge base with thousands of articles and guidelines relevant to clinical pharmacologists and pharmacists; these documents are organized in separate collections from which you can choose.
We provide a scanning service for books that are available in a paper format only. You can send us the book (or we can buy it for you) and we will upload an electronic copy in a PDF format to your Phacet.info knowledge base. This document will be searchable and will contain bookmarks to allow for easy navigation through the book. The physical book pages can be returned to you so that you can prove your ownership of the book.
The functional maintenance guide describes in detail how you can make your own backups in order to ensure that documents are not lost in case of a technical failure, an accidental erasure or a file corruption. We will also backup your Phacet.info knowledge base for you and send you a copy on request.
Accessing information stored in your knowledge base
You can search for specific information in Phacet.info and read it on-line. You can also download documents to your own computer. If you do not have continuous network access, you can synchronize the contents of your knowledge base with your desktop, laptop or tablet device when you are on-line, and read documents when you are off-line.