Using a centralized model of a peer-to-peer network, a central server can act as a mediator for all users in the network. This central server can keep all the addresses of the computers within the network and direct traffic of all queries. In effect, a user is able to query the central server for a particular piece of information and then receive from the central server the address of the system containing that information. A direct connection is then established between the user and the machine containing that information.4
The proposed system will utilize the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), which is a simple and lightweight XML-based communications protocol.
This will initially be implemented at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine alongside potential collaborators locally as well as internationally.
Centralized Model of a Peer-to-Peer network
Creating a network of CATs will be very useful for clinicians to share information they obtained by doing critical appraisal of the literature with colleagues for the purposes of teaching medical residents and students, as well serve as a reference at the point of care.
This Critically Appraised Topics Peer-to-Peer network will allow sharing and storage of clinically relevant, up-to-date information in a distributed environment.