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    Internet Searching

    Help! We are using EPIC (computerized health care program) for medication documentation in a hospital. Under each medication name we created links to our libraries Micromedex (drug info database) specifically passing the name of the drug in the link to auto search and find info on it for nurses. All is working fine.
    An example of a drug info link is: http://dante.lib.mcw.edu/mdxcgi/cgidict.ex...RM=cyclosporine
    This is an intranet server version of Micromedex. If our library moves to the internet version, the search engine is different and our links won't work.
    Instead the web-based search engine has a blank search field and you enter the drug name and click the search button. I have a demo for now. We want to pass the code via another link to auto search based on a specific drug but don't know how to do that. An example of the resultant returned link after a search on the internet version is this: http://www.thomsonhc.com/hcs/librarian/PFP...7A0&SYS=1&T=526

    This is too long of a link, to insert into EPIC, plus the drug name is the T= number and I'm not sure if that might change down the road and want to be able to write a drug name passing search code link to the internet version.

    If this sounds confusing to you, imagine what my brain is going through to try to figure this out since I'm not a true web designer, I just play one on TV.

    Thanks in advance for any advice,
    Mike <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Internet Searching

    Hi Mike,

    In comparing the two links you posted, it seems that the internet link (second one) has a lot more going on than just the search term. It appears to have pieces of session information and other bits of data included in the querystring. This is a situation in which the application is not intended to allow simple querystring searching. This could be for a number of reasons - perhaps security is the main reason.

    Without knowing more about the situation - both from the technical and policy sides - it's impossible to imagine an easy solution to this problem.

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    Re: Internet Searching

    Your post might set a Lounge record for width! (Since the link won't work without a login, maybe you could insert a few spaces here and there to break it up into more manageable chunks. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> )

    The original form that you submitted will contain the really critical details: the destination URL, whether it expects a GET request (URL-based search) or a POST request (document-body-based search), the user's fields and any number of hidden fields. You might be able to build a submission to match what the database wants, or you might not, but it's impossible for me to tell from "outside."

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    Re: Internet Searching

    Thanks for the thoughts. I figured this was a tough one. There is at least a glimmer of hope in both of your replies.
    The concept of security or session establishment seems like a real one and we could perhaps use a redirect link to first establish a session and then automatically do the search. If I uncover a solution, I'll be sure to add it here.

    Thank you WMVP's for always trying and most often succeeding!
    Mike

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