BUPA is sponsoring a new site for medical consultants to allow them instant access to up-to-date medical news and information.
The service, UK Consultants Online, includes news’ bulletins, an on-line search facility for medical research and studies, on-line forums and message boards as well as “virtual patients” available for “virtual diagnosis” to keep consultants abreast of current developments in clinical’ procedures.
BUPA works with approximately 90% of consultants in the UK. The site not only offers information about the insurer, but aims to enable consultants to communicate directly with BUPA. The site offers facilities to bill the company electronically as well as e-mail BUPA direct.
BUPA’s assistant medical director, Dr David Costain said: “The quantity of clinical research and general medical information which consultants need to access daily is growing at an enormous rate. UK Consultants Online offers fast and easy access to this information.”
He added: “We know that a large proportion of consultants use the Internet regularly and we are confident the site will be of great use to them.”