Immunet seeking participants for expanded pilot

mjohnson at mjohnson at
Mon Feb 13 18:36:23 EST 1995

Approved: Yes: Jeff Rizzo <biomech at>,jfh at (Jack Hamilton)
Subject: Immunet seeking participants for expanded pilot
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Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 11:42:11 CDT
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My name is Mark Johnson, and I'm the Executive Director of Immunet.  Immunet
is a new non-profit information network designed specifically for the AIDS
community.  It is based in Lotus Notes, and is provided free of charge for
non-profit organizations and people with AIDS.  It is available for a fee
for profit-oriented organizations and individuals.  We are looking for
around 200 people to participate in our extended pilot program, starting
immediately.  Some general information on the system is provided here, and
if you're interested in participating in this expanded pilot program, we
would love to hear from you.
Best regards,
Mark Johnson
Executive Director
ImmuNet  v
Worldwide AIDS Information Network
What is ImmuNet?
            ImmuNet is a nonprofit global electronic information network
devoted to leveraging technology to transform how people work together to
end the AIDS crisis.  Just as major corporations leverage advanced
information technology to compete in a highly competitive global
marketplace, ImmuNet uses these same technologies to provide the most
comprehensive access to information related to AIDS available anywhere.
ImmuNet links users to virtually every major AIDS information source in a
structured, consistent, easy-to-use system, giving users comprehensive "one
stop shopping" for all their AIDS-related information.
In addition, ImmuNet allows teams of people to quickly establish on-line
workgroups to focus on specific areas of concern, and to share and
coordinate not just information but activities across geographic, technical
and organizational boundaries in ways never before possible.  These
task-oriented databases give multi-diciplinary teams working in different
locations around the world, and with different kinds of computer equipment
the ability to work as if they were virtually in the same place, utterly
transforming the speed and effectiveness of their interactions.
Who uses ImmuNet?
        -- Service and Activist Organizations,  for sharing information with
each other, and for providing their clients with up-to-date information on
treatment options and other resources (support organizations, etc.)
-- Researchers interested in keeping in touch with the most current
information available on protocols of interest to their research programs.
-- Publishers of newsletters, etc. who are looking to increase the bandwidth
of their publications.
-- Primary Care Providers in private practice that are interested in the
most progressive information available, and who want to be able to
communicate with other doctors on treatment strategies, and to find trials
in progress for which their patients are eligible to enroll.
-- Drug Manufacturers and Trial Coordinators to track information on other
trials in progress, or to search for qualified participants for their
-- Buyers' Clubs for access to information on the products they are
carrying, and to communicate with each other on sources, potential problems
with shipments, etc.  Also, to refer their clients to other clubs that carry
a product that they do not.
-- PHIVs that are computer literate and who have access to a PC with a
modem, and who are interested in "plugging-in" to a network.  There are a
number of very active individuals who are well-studied in HIV/AIDS and who
could contribute to the value of the network through their participation.
-- Overseas Organizations who need access to up-to-date information, and who
may have difficulty getting access to timely and important development.
How does it work?
             ImmuNet is built on the world's standard in workgroup
technology, Lotus Notes.  Notes is transforming how companies around the
world collect, coordinate, share and manage information across company
boundaries.  ImmuNet consists of a set of Notes databases which support
text, graphics, spreadsheets, voice, video -- virtually any form of
available -- in any combination.  In contrast to simple bulletin board
systems, the databases in ImmuNet are structured specifically to support the
function for which they are intended and to allow users to include more than
text or file attachments.  Users work off-line and then dial an ImmuNet
server to synchronize their databases with those on the server, sending and
receiving only the information that has changed since the last time they
dialed in.  This approach minimizes connect time and lets users carry the
information with them on a laptop if they need to.
What's in it?
                   ImmuNet is a constantly evolving system, and there are
many databases in development, with new sources coming on-line on a regular
basis.  Some of the currently available databases in ImmuNet include:
Glossary -- which provides definitions of thousands of terms associated with
AIDS from all disciplines.  Definitions are indexed, cross referenced and
linked to other databases.
Publications -- This database houses all major AIDS publications, such as
GMHC Treatment Issues, AIDS Treatment News, etc. and can be viewed by drug,
illness, publication, title, date, etc., and any combination of these
fields.  For instance, you can list all articles related to the use of IL2
for immune modulation, and list the most current articles first.
Resources  -- This database lists every known AIDS service organization,
information source, support group, drug manufacturer, activist organization
and buyers club in the world.  The information is cross referenced many
different ways, making it easy for hot line volunteers, doctors, and other
service organizations to quickly give their members the information they
need -- information that's kept current on a regular basis.
AmFar Trials Directory -- We have the complete AmFAR trials directory
available on-line.  Information is indexed by drug, illness, and many other
categories.  Information on trial locations and principal investigators is
also provided.
CDC AIDS News Daily -- This database delivers the CDC AIDS News Daily in a
structured format, so that users can inquire by drug, date, publication,
author and keyword at the article level.
Internet Link  -- This database gives its members access to all the
internet's usenet groups related to AIDS, including the ability to both read
and post to them.  The same consistent easy-to-use interface is employed
here as in the other ImmuNet databases, making it an easy task for new
Internet users to participate in these forums.  Using Notes, users can
perform full-text boolean searches throughout the database.
Swat Teams -- With ImmuNet members can quickly establish specialized forums
for task forces, working groups, research teams, etc.  These "Swat Team"
forums are used by members to share information and collaborate on topics
pertaining to their specific project or area of interest, and to accelerate
solution to the specific problem they are investigating.  Our development
team can work with you to custom build applications to meet your specific
E-mail -- The system provides users with e-mail facilities for sending and
receiving information to other users, as well as to users on other email
systems, such as the Internet, Compuserve, etc.
How do I get started?
ImmuNet is provided free of charge for nonprofit organizations and HIV+
individuals, provided the intent of using the system is not for the purposes
of making money.  ImmuNet is provided for a fee to for-profit corporations
and individuals using the information for business purposes.
Here's what you need to run ImmuNet: A DOS machine running Windows, or a Mac
LC series or greater, with 6 meg of RAM, 25 meg of available disk space, and
a Hayes-compatible modem (preferably 9600+ baud).
Call us:    212-366-5666 or
e-mail us:  mjohnson at
             (we've got another week before we get our
or write:   ImmuNet
            50 West 17th Street, 8th Floor
            New York, NY  10014
Send us your name, address, phone number, email address, hardware
configuration.  If you qualify, we will send you the software, an ID and the
ImmuNet databases, along with instructions on how to use the system.  If you
need local support we will also try to arrange to have someone visit you.
We can also probably arrange for free Notes training in your area.  Thanks!

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