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FAQ about VSCO.NET

What is VSCO.NET?
How can I become a member of VSCO.NET?
What is the ranking-system?
How can I become a certified member of the clinical tumor board?
What is ChemoBOS?
Are ChemoBOS and the OncoTools reliable?
I am concerned about the security of patient data entered on the site! What measures are used to protect patient privacy?
What kind of encryption algorithm is used at VSCONET? Is it safe?



What is VSCO.NET?
The virtual society of clinical oncology was founded as an independent internet platform for healthcare professionals working in the field of oncology. The idea was to bundle all accessible knowledge and experience of the oncological community in one place and to grant an open, free-of-charge source of information.
How can I become a member of VSCO.NET?
You can join VSCO by simply registering on our website. This is free of charge. You will not receive any "newsletter" or commercials from VSCO. We welcome members who actively contribute to our page.
What is the ranking-system?

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Independent from your real-life job position, you start as an "intern". However, you may quickly climb up the VSCO.NET career ladder by contributing to our community. There are many ways to be promoted to higher positions (resident, fellow, attending, professor), e. g. uploading documents or presentations, reporting errors, contributing to the tumor board, submitting protocols to ChemoBOS and so forth.
How can I become a certified member of the clinical tumor board?
As the clinical tumor board issues real decisions on real patients (however not legally valid), all board members have to be certified by the staff of VSCO to prevent non-physicians from participating. If you would like to become a certified board member, please send your electronic application to us (s. under "Contact"). We will contact you then and ask you to fax us copies of your certificates.

What is ChemoBOS?
ChemoBOS is an intuitive, easy-to-use chemotherapy software that allows you to create chemotherapy orders for your patients. There are over 100 pre-installed "public" protocols that you can use and copy to your own "center" protocols. It is very easy to design your own protocols, which you can share with the VSCO community or simply use for your patients.
Are ChemoBOS and the OncoTools reliable?
We hope so. They were programmed with great care and have been thoroughly tested. However, as with every computer system or software, there may be errors that we have not encountered so far. Therefore, you have to check every result that comes from the VSCO site for yourself by using reference literature or study protocols, etc. You are responsible for your patient. The VSCO programs are only tools and do not replace your expertise.

I am concerned about the security of patient data entered on the site! What measures are used to protect patient privacy?
We are also very concerned about working with confidential data on an internet platform (especially in ChemoBOS). Therefore, we have strongly discouraged storing your unencrypted patient's data on our server.
There are 3 ways to provide security:
1. Instead of a patient name, use a security number that only you and your colleagues can decipher. This may be the hospital patient ID or a self-created ID that you use.



2. If you want to use a real patient name, you should use the "patient encryption password". The patient data will be encrypted on your computer and then transferred to VSCO via internet. On our server, only the encrypted patient data will be stored - we cannot decrypt that. Therefore, only your computer would be a potential security concern. However, if you forget your patient encryption password, nobody will be able to retrieve your patient information from our site ever!




3. We discourage you from using the third method: Not using the patient encryption password, but entering the full patient data. These data would then be stored "openly" on our server. Although we take security measures for the website, we cannot guarantee that nobody will ever be able to break into our system and read the confidential data.



What kind of encryption algorithm is used at VSCONET? Is it safe?
We use the Blowfish-algorithm by Bruce Schneier. Until now, it has not been cracked by any means of attack. You can actually look into the code for yourself (every time you request the patient page via your browser, you can read the javascript code for the algorithm by clicking on "view HTML code of this page").

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