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May 27, 2007

MediiGate Key Functionalities — Forum

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FORUM

Overview

The Forum module allows MediGate users to add a forum to the MediGate web site, on which a particular topic for discussion can be accessed by other MediGate users. Each Thread (for each individual discussion topic) can be replied to by other MediGate users.

The module allows adding, viewing and replying to each individual Thread. Each separate Thread is displayed in a pagable grid with sortable columns; the details shown are those of the first post of the each discussion topic.

Add Forum

This option allows the user to add a new Thread to the MediGate web site.

By clicking on the Start new thread link, the user can open the Your Message Details screen. The details of the Thread can then be added to the Your Message Details form with Subject and Message being mandatory fields in which a valid value must be entered.

By selecting the ¡®Yes¡¯ option to the right of the field ¡®Do you wish to receive email notifications of replies to this post?¡¯, the user accepts that an email is forwarded to them indicating that a new reply has been added to the Thread started by them.. This email contains contact information of the replier and the details of the new post. A link is also provided on this email that will navigate the user directly to the particular Thread under discussion. If ¡®No¡¯ is selected no notification of replies will be sent.

By clicking the Post link the message is created, providing all mandatory information has been provided.

By clicking the Cancel link, all details are lost and the post is not created.

View Forum

This option allows the MediGate user to view a particular Thread.

To access the required Thread, the user should click on the Thread title, which will open the Thread with all related posts.

By clicking on the Back To Thread View link located under the Forums module title, the user is returned to the previous Forum page.

By selecting ¡®Flat View¡¯ from the drop-down box located to the right of the Thread title, the messages in the thread are presented in a pagable grid with sortable columns.

By selecting ¡®Threaded View¡¯ from the drop-down box located to the right of the Thread title, the messages in the thread are displayed with an indentation, which indicates the chain/sequence of the posts.

Post Reply

This option allows the MediGate user reply to a Thread currently under discussion.

By selecting the Post a reply link on the particular thread, the user is presented with a form containing the same fields as the Add Forum form, with the same fields being mandatory. The form also contains details of the post that is being replied to, which is located at the top of the form under the heading ¡®The message you are replying to:¡¯.

By selecting the ¡®Yes¡¯ option to the right of the field ¡®Do you wish to receive email notifications of replies to this post?¡¯, the user accepts that an email is forwarded to them, indicating that a new reply has been added to the post. This email contains contact information of the replier and the details contained in the new post. A link is also provided on this email, which will navigate the user directly to the particular Thread under discussion. If ¡®No¡¯ is selected no notification of replies will be sent.

By clicking the Post link the reply is created, providing all mandatory information has been provided.

By clicking the Cancel link, all details are lost and the reply is not created.


MediiGate Key Functionalities — Events

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EVENTS

Overview

Events module is a virtual space on the MediGate web site that allows a MediGate user to create a list of Events for the members of the MediGate community. This module would normally be used as part of a Project or a cluster.

The module allows searching, editing, viewing and adding of Events. Only the creator of the Event may edit details of that particular Event. Each separate Document is displayed in a pagable calendar along with a list of Events for a particular day, week or month.

View Event

This option allows the MediGate user to view existing Events in the forum.
The user can choose to view the Events in several different ways.

By clicking on a particular date on the Events calendar, the events for that particular date will be displayed in a list below the calendar. Clicking on the event title will display the details of the event. Days which have events associated with them are displayed as ¡®greyed¡¯ on the calendar.

By clicking the ¡®wk¡¯ link on the left of the calendar, the Events for the corresponding week are displayed in a list below the calendar. Clicking on the event title will display the details of the event.

By clicking the ¡®mnth¡¯ link on the left of the calendar, the Events for the corresponding month are displayed in a list below the calendar. Clicking on the event title will display the details of the event. The month on display can be changed by clicking on the month name to the left or the right of the current calendar month. The left link will display the previous month, the right link will display the next month.


MediiGate Key Functionalities — Email Communication

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EMAIL COMMUNICATION

Overview

This Email Communication module allows the MediGate administrator to select users from the MediGate community to communicate with via e-mail.

Select users by company characteristics

By selecting this option the MediGate administrator can determine the users that they wish to communicate with by selecting certain company characteristics. The characteristics are displayed as a hierarchical tree view which can be expanded and collapsed using the ¡®+¡¯ and ¡®-¡® signs respectively, to the left of the characteristic title.
By selecting a parent element in the tree i.e. Locations, all child elements below this are automatically selected i.e. Staffordshire, Warwickshire etc. Specific child elements can be selected individually to be included in the search and multiple combinations of parent and child elements are permitted to be included in any searches undertaken.

Select users by role

By selecting this option the MediGate administrator can determine the users that they wish to communicate with by selecting a specific role that the user belongs to on the MediGate site. The dropdown box contains a list of all the roles currently active on the MediGate site, one of these can be selected from the dropdown box at a time.

Search

By clicking the Search link the results matching the criteria specified are returned in a
pagable grid. The users can be selected for communication by clicking the check box to the right of the user email address. To select all users the top most selection box should be checked to deselect all users the top most selection box should be unchecked. Individual users can be selected by clicking the respective check boxes, located to the right of the user email address. Information on an individual user can be accessed by clicking on the user name.

By clicking on the Email link the default email software for the desktop currently being used to access the MediGate site will be opened and will automatically be populated with the email address of the users selected from the users grid.

By clicking on the Reset link all search criteria and any search results are cleared to allow a new search to be undertaken.


MediiGate Key Functionalities — Documents

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DOCUMENTS

Overview

Documents module is a virtual space on the MediGate web site that allows a MediGate user to create a list of useful Documents for the members of the project or cluster the particular user is associated with. This module would normally be used as part of a Project or a Cluster.

The module allows searching, editing, viewing and adding of Documents. Only the creator of the Documents may edit details of that particular Document. Each separate Document is displayed in a pagable grid with sortable columns.

View Document

This option allows the MediGate user to view existing Documents in the forum.
To access the required Document, the user should click on the Document title, which will open the particular document file in a new window.


MediiGate Key Functionalities — Discussions

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DISCUSSIONS

Overview

Discussions module allows MediGate users to add a forum to the MediGate web site on which a particular topic for discussion can be accessed by other MediGate users. Each Thread (each individual discussion topic) can be replied to by other MediGate users.

The module allows adding, viewing and replying to each individual Thread. Each separate Thread is displayed in a pagable grid with sortable columns, the details shown are those of the first post of the each discussion topic.

Add Discussion

This option allows the user to add a new Thread to the MediGate web site.

By clicking on the Start new thread link, the user can open the Your Message Details screen. The details of the Thread can then be added to the Your Message Details form with Subject and Message being mandatory fields in which a valid value must be entered.

By selecting the ¡®Yes¡¯ option to the right of the field ¡®Do you wish to receive email notifications of replies to this post?¡¯, the user accepts that an email is forwarded to them indicating that a new reply has been added to the Thread started by them.. This email contains contact information of the replier and the details of the new post. A link is also provided on this email that will navigate the user straight to the particular Thread under discussion. If ¡®No¡¯ is selected no notification of replies will be sent.

By clicking the Post link the message is created, providing all mandatory information has been provided.

By clicking the Cancel link, all details are lost and the post is not created.

View Discussion

This option allows the MediGate user to view a particular Thread.

To access the required Thread, the user should click on the Thread title, which will open the Thread with all related posts.

By clicking on the Back To Thread View link located under the Discussions module title, the user is returned to the previous Discussions page.

By selecting ¡®Flat View¡¯ from the drop-down box located to the right of the Thread title, the messages in the thread are presented in a pagable grid with sortable columns.

By selecting ¡®Threaded View¡¯ from the drop-down box located to the right of the Thread title, the messages in the thread are displayed with indentation indicating the chain/sequence of the posts.

Post Reply

This option allows the MediGate user reply to a Thread currently under discussion.

By selecting the Post a reply link on the particular thread, the user is presented with a form containing the same fields as the Add Discussion form, with the same fields being mandatory. The form also contains details of the post that is being replied to, which is located at the top of the form under the heading ¡®The message you are replying to:¡¯.

By selecting the ¡®Yes¡¯ option to the right of the field ¡®Do you wish to receive email notifications of replies to this post?¡¯, the user accepts that an email is forwarded to them indicating that a new reply has been added to the post. This email contains contact information of the replier and the details contained in the new post. A link is also provided on this email that will navigate the user straight to the particular Thread under discussion. If ¡®No¡¯ is selected no notification of replies will be sent.

By clicking the Post link the reply is created, providing all mandatory information has been provided.

By clicking the Cancel link, all details are lost and the reply is not created.


MediiGate Key Functionalities — Cluster Manager

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CLUSTER MANAGER

Overview

The Cluster manager allows the MediGate users to access the clusters they are currently active or involved in and view information regarding these clusters.

An industry cluster offers any company the opportunity to enter into an environment where everyone else has similar interests and needs; this in turn creates the possibility for collaboration as well as educated problem solving. It is thought that the next stage will offer substantial savings to such clusters, since they will be able to trade online (i.e. cutting costs, bulk buying, auctioning products and services).

The page includes information and useful links that have been added to the cluster by other users.

View Cluster

This option allows the user to view a particular cluster.

By clicking on the Cluster title the user will be taken to the home page of that particular Cluster. This page will contain all the necessary information regarding that Cluster.

MediiGate Key Functionalities — Catalogue

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CATALOGUE

Overview

The Catalogue module allows the searching, updating and creation of Catalogues and products for a company. The user must be associated with the company to have access to maintain its catalogue and change the details within it.

View Catalogue

This option allows a MediGate user to view an existing catalogue for a company and the product details contained within. Product information can also be requested in this module.

The user can search for a specific product within the catalogue by entering a word or phrase in the Keyword field and clicking on the Search link. This will return any products matching the criteria specified.


By clicking on the Reset link the keyword field is emptied and a new search can be undertaken.

The categories of the catalogue can be viewed in a hierarchical tree which can be expanded by clicking on the ??+?? to the left of the category title. Any products within the category are displayed in a grid to the right of the category tree.

By clicking on the product title, the details of the product are displayed. Clicking on the Add to Basket link will add this product to the users basket. Clicking on the Close link will return the user to the view catalogue screen.

View Basket

The user can view any items in their basket by clicking on the View Basket link in the top right hand corner of the view catalogue screen.

All products currently in the user??s basket are displayed.

By clicking on the checkbox in the title row of the grid all products can be selected/de-selected depending on the current state.

By clicking on the checkbox to the right of the product name, individual products can be selected/de-selected.

By clicking on the product name the details of the product are displayed.

By clicking on the Remove Items link any selected products in the basket will be removed.

By clicking the Request Information link an email will be sent to the particular company requesting information on the specific product selected. This product will then be removed from the users basket.

By selecting the Close link the view basket screen is closed.


Create/Edit Catalogue

This option allows the MediGate user to create or edit a catalogue for a company they are associated with. The user must be associated with this company to create or edit a catalogue.

To create a category a category name must be entered in the category name field. Clicking the Add link will create a new category. By selecting the Add to Top Level checkbox the new category will be created as a parent element. If this box is not checked, the new category is created as a child of the currently selected category, unless this is the first category created.
The new categories are displayed in a hierarchical tree that can be expanded and collapsed using the ??+?? and ??-' signs respectively, to the left of the category title.

An existing category can be deleted by selecting the category title and clicking on the Delete link in the Edit Categories field. A category with children cannot be deleted.

Once a category has been created the Add New Product link will be visible to the right of the categories hierarchical tree. By clicking on this link the Add New Product screen is displayed.

Add New Product

This form allows a new product to be created with Product Code, Product Name, Description and Introduction Date being mandatory fields in which a value must be entered.

Clicking the Update link will create a new product, providing all necessary information has been entered, and the user will be returned to the Create Catalogue screen.

Clicking the Cancel link will lose any information entered and the product will not be created. The user will be returned to the Create Catalogue screen.

Once a new product has been created it can be deleted by clicking on the Delete link to the right of the product information grid.

Edit Product

This form allows the user to edit the details of existing products.

By clicking on the product title the details of the product are displayed. Clicking on the Edit link will take the user to a form exactly the same as the Add New Product form in which the details of the product can be updated.

Clicking on the Update link will update any changes made to the product and return the user to the previous screen.

Clicking on the Cancel link will lose any changes made and the user will be returned to the previous screen.


MediiGate Key Functionalities — Contacts

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CONTACTS top

Overview

The Contacts module is a virtual space on the MediGate web site that allows a MediGate user to create a list of useful contacts for the members of the project or cluster community that the particular user is associated with. This module would normally be used as part of a Project/Cluster.

The module allows searching, editing, viewing and adding of contact details. Only the creator of the Contact may edit details of that particular Contact. Each separate Contact is displayed in a pagable grid with sortable columns.

Add New Contact

This option allows the user to add a new Contact to the cluster or project

The details of the Contact are added to the form with Forename, Surname, Email and Phone Number being mandatory fields in which a valid value must be entered.

By clicking on the drop-down Select from registered users field, a list of all the users linked with the cluster/project that the Contact creator is associated with, are displayed. By selecting a particular User Name and clicking on the Use this user link, located to the right of the Select from registered users field, the particular user's details are automatically added to the form.

By clicking the Create link, the new Contact is created, providing all mandatory information has been provided.

By clicking Cancel link, all details are lost and the Contact is not created.

View Contact

This option allows the MediGate user to view existing Contacts in the cluster or project.
To access the required Contact, the user should click on the Contact title, which will open the View Contact screen. The details of the Contact are displayed, however unless the user is the owner of the Contact (that is the user who created this Contact), these details cannot be changed.

By clicking on the Print link the Contact information will be printed through the current default printer specified by the workstation currently being used to access the MediGate web site.

By clicking on the Close link the View Contact screen is closed.

Edit Contact

This option allows the MediGate user (creator of the Contact) to view existing Contacts in the cluster or project and edit their details.

To access the required Contact the user should click on the Contact title, which will open the View Contact screen. The details of the Contact are displayed, and if the user is the originator of the Contact (that is the user who created this Contact), these details can be changed.

By clicking on the Edit link the user is presented with a form exactly the same as the Add New Contact screen. The information is changed in the same way as in the Add New Contact form with the same fields being mandatory.

By clicking the Update link, any information edited by the user will be changed and the user will be returned to the View Contact screen where the updated information is displayed.

By clicking the Delete link, the Contact is deleted from the MediGate system.

By clicking the Cancel link, any information entered will be lost and the user will be returned to the View Contact screen.


MediiGate Key Functionalities — Company Search

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COMPANY SEARCH

Overview

allows the searching and updating of company accounts included in the system; it also provides links to the User Search module which allows the searching, updating and creation of user accounts. Each separate Company is displayed in a pagable grid with sortable columns.

View Company

This option allows the MediGate user to view existing companies on the MediGate system. Being logged in is not a requirement in this stage as this is public information and should not be restricted.

To access the required company account, the user has to go through a searching process. By entering search criteria in the Processes, Skills, Keywords or Location fields the scope of the search is defined, and clicking on the Search link will return all companies matching that scope. Alternatively, the user can also click on the alphabetical list at the top of the module and then click the Search link to find all the companies with certain initial letter in their names. Clicking on the company name will open the company details screen and will demonstrate the particular company¡¯s details. However, unless the user is viewing the information of the company he/she is associated with, these details cannot be changed.

By clicking on the Print link the company information will be printed through the current default printer specified by the workstation currently being used to access the MediGate website.

By clicking on the Close link the company details screen is closed.

Edit Company

This option allows the MediGate user to view existing company accounts on the MediGate system and edit the details.

To access the required accounts, the company search should be completed (as described in the View Company help) and the relevant company account selected for viewing. Clicking on the company name will open the company details screen. The details of the company are displayed, and if the user is accessing a company he/she is associated with, then the details can be changed. By clicking on the Edit link the user is presented with a form similar to the Add New Company screen. This form contains several sections relevant to the company and these sections can be expanded and collapsed by clicking on the ¡®+¡¯ or ¡®-¡® sign next to the section title. The functions of these sections are introduced as follows:

Contact Details contains the information previously entered and the information is edited in the same way as on the Add New Company screen, with the same mandatory fields. The MediGate rated field may be checked or unchecked to demonstrate whether this company has been competency profiled by the MediGate. This box can only be edited by MediGate admin.

Profile contains the information previously entered and the information is edited in the same way as on the Add New Company screen.

Company Details contains further information regarding the company such as basic line of business and products and services. These fields are text boxes and can be populated with any relevant text.

The following are fields that would normally be seen on competency profiled company records.

Key Processes contains more detailed information of the services the company can provide and to what level their expertise is recognised. Clicking the New link will display the process information fields. The description of the process is a mandatory field. Categories can be expanded and collapsed by clicking the  ¡®+¡¯ or ¡®-¡®   sign to the left of the category title. The categories are selected by clicking the checkbox to the left of each category title. Clicking the Add link will add this process to the key processes field.
Once a key process has been added, highlighting this process in the field will allow the process to be edited or deleted. Clicking on the Edit link displays the information previously entered and allows the user to edit all relevant fields. Clicking on the Update link will save changes the user has made to the key process. Clicking on the Cancel link will undo any changes and these will not be saved. Highlighting the process on the key processes field and clicking on the Delete link will remove the process from the field permanently.

Key Skills contains more detailed information of the skills the company is proficient in and how long they have been providing service in this area. Clicking the New link will display the skills information fields. The description of the skill is a mandatory field. The skills are selected by clicking the checkbox to the left of each skill title. Clicking the Add link will add this skill to the key skills field.
Once a key skill has been added, highlighting it in the key skills field will allow the process to be edited or deleted. Clicking on the Edit link displays the information previously entered and allows the user to edit all relevant fields. Clicking on the Update link will save changes the user has made to the key skill. Clicking on the Cancel field will undo any changes and these will not be saved. Highlighting the skill in the key skills field and clicking on the Delete link will remove the skill from the field permanently.

Locations contains information about the geographical proximity of the company. Locations can be expanded and collapsed by clicking the ¡®+¡¯ or ¡®-¡® sign to the left of the location title. The locations are selected by clicking the checkbox to the left of each location title. Multiple locations can be selected.

Markets contains information about which markets the company is active in. The markets are selected by clicking the checkbox to the left of the market title. Multiple markets can be selected.

Standards contains information about what industry standards the company has achieved and complies to. The standards are selected by clicking the checkbox to the left of the standard title. Multiple standards can be selected.

Users contains information about which MediGate users are associated with the company. By selecting a user from the drop down combo and clicking the Add link, the user can be added and therefore associated with the company being edited. Once a user has been added it can be deleted by highlighting it on the grid and clicking on the Remove link in the last column of the user information grid.

By clicking the Update link any information edited will be updated and the user will be returned to the company search screen.

By clicking the Cancel link any information changed will be lost and the user will be returned to the view company screen.


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