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Upcoming HPUS Web Site Changes for 2012:


At the recent Board meetings, a priority was given to obtaining input from those who use the website the most, in order to determine what changes would be desirable or helpful to them. Are there page format changes that would make the information easier to use? What would make specific information easier to locate? Can the site navigation be improved to quicker access? To this end, users of www.hpus.com are invited to submit ideas and requests to info@hpus.com.

Near the end of 2012, the proposed revisions to what is now called the General Pharmacy Section will be posted on the HPUS website for comment from interested parties, and will be accessible on the ‘public’ side of the website. The version to be posted may be a simple file without the planned internal hyperlinks.. Timeframe: After initial approval by Board, finalization is expected at the end of 2012.

Late in 2012, the HPCUS Proving Guidelines will also be posted also for comment from interested parties. This document may also be distributed directly to interested parties for input prior to posting, as it represents a major new initiative that may be of interest to a wider audience than typically would visit the HPUS website. Timeframe: Further review and revision of initially reviewed document is to be approved by Board in Autumn 2012.

A third new paper, still being drafted and undergoing major revision, is a technical information document to be used as a guide for submission of proposed monograph substances. Due to its complexity, the discussions will continue over a few meeting cycles; therefore, it is likely that it will be ready for Board approval very late in 2012 or early 2013 with posting soon thereafter.

An unrelated, but possible long-range project is to add an archive of out-of-print homeopathic references that were collated by HPUS Editor Clark Baker in the early years when public access to the National Library of Medicine was still relatively easy. These references are presently dispersed within a voluminous paper archive file. An initial step will be to scan a sample of the papers; this ‘test-run’ will determine a) if this information can be captured and organized in a retrievable and searchable form, and b) if there is enough potential information to make the project worthwhile. If this project is possible, it could be information that is added to individual monographs as a 5th link( ); or it could be made accessible thru a different mechanism.

1 Present links for monographs are: Synonyms”; “Drug Data:; and “Monograph”. For those monographs that have QC tests, there is a 4th link: “QC Data”.