The International Medical Information Center (IMIC) is the
central agency for medical information activities in Japan. It collects
and disseminates highly sophisticated medical information both to
domestic and foreign consumers, ultimately contributing to progress in
the medical sciences. The foundation was approved as a medical
information center by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry
of Health, Labour and Welfare in 1974 and has provided a valuable service to the medical world..
Retrieval of accurate and information and making it readily available is a key requirement of IMIC and it has rightfully earned high praise as a truly sophisticated information center.
Due to the growing volume of requests for information, further automation and control was
required to manage the flow of information from receipt of request
through to the shipment of the documents. Several documents can be
required in a order, and a search of large medical databases
needs to be automatically controlled with readily available documents
put on hold and other documents ordered, from external sources. When
all documents are available the order is combined, physically printed (due
to copyright restrictions) and then shipped to the customer with
interfaces to the accounting systems.
After a review of competing systems, ActiveModeler/ActiveFlow was chosen to define and control the process flow from receipt of order thorough to the final shipment.
With this key production workflow completed, IMIC are currently examining other ActiveFlow workflow opportunities to streamline back office functions and benefit from the infrastructure already in place.