FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

THE BASICS

What is the meaning of PONSIST?

PONS is an interesting word in the medical world. 

The word originates from Latin and translates to 'bridge' or 'passage way'.

In medicine it refers to the part of the brainstem that is intermediate between the medulla oblongata and the mesencephalon and is composed of a ventral part and the tegmentum (Pons Varolii).
It’s also used in a more general way to describe a bridgelike formation connecting two disjoined parts of a structure or an organ.

 

The suffix -IST is used in the english language to describe ‘one who’ or ’a person who does’.
Combined together it creates the new word, PONSIST. 

 

Our interpretation of the word is One Who Connects. 

We feel that this covers all our objectives in the most simple way. 


How is PONSIST different from other medical communities, medical websites or social media?

The biggest differentiator of PONSIST is the fact that it’s not sponsored and we do not collaborate commercially with other parties. We are fully autonomous. 
This means that any reason to collect and sell your data or any reason to influence your thoughts has no purpose. 
We love privacy and we love being able to think for yourself!

PONSIST is the worlds first social media platform without advertisements or commercial ties. 

Anything inside the platform is not publically available. It is only accessible to other members. The content is not accessible for web crawlers or index robots either. This means that whatever you share on PONSIST is only visible to other verified and subscribed medical professionals. Allowing for leveled discussions with colleagues.

 

PONSIST allows medical specialists to meet peers around the globe. It extends far beyond your personal networks.
Just give it go, apply for free access.


What does Unsponsored mean?

Unsponsored means that PONSIST has never received money from third parties or investors. The initial set up is entirely funded out of personal pocket. 
It also means there are no advertisements and it's free from commercial influences.


What does Non Commercial mean?

Non Commercial means that PONSIST never had financial support or relations with commercial parties.
PONSIST is free of advertisements and holds no commercial messages or a hidden agenda.


Why did PONSIST get started?

The creation of PONSIST is based on two thoughts;

Decades of working with Healthcare Professionals led to a substantial awareness that they face many challenges and the pressure to perform is never fading. Still they need to keep up with the latest techniques and stay on top of their performance.

In an ever evolving landscape, time is never a good friend.

On one hand PONSIST sprung from the desire to support HCP's in the most time efficient way by being the actual bridge that carries and delivers insights, the latest news and best practices from peer to peer all around the world. All delivered in a pleasant package to your screen in real time.

 

On the other hand PONSIST is a direct response to the overcommercialisation of the medical world in general, but especially the extreme commercialisation of online personal details and privacy.

Not only can these actions be harmful to individuals, but more simply put these organisations are selling your trust and we believe that crosses a line.

We strongly believe that it’s not okay to collect personal details to sell them. We feel that tracking your behaviour to create high profitable commercial profiles is just not right.

 

Only when new leadership steps up and builds a solid business foundation and installs sound core values, changes are made.
PONSIST does exactly that.


When did PONSIST get started?

PONSIST was designed and built throughout 2018 and beta-launched on November 15, 2018.

It was initially intended for Surgical Specialists. Early 2020 when Sars Cov-2 spread around the world we decided to open our platform to all Healthcare professionals in an attempt to support the battle for knowledge.


What is the mission of PONSIST?

PONSIST is on a dedicated mission to assist Healthcare professionals on their continuous quest for knowledge, to aid in gathering wisdom, to support them in reaching their envisioned goals and to simplify the way to get where you need to be.


Being aware the anyone at any point in their lives may need a care taker, the main driver at PONSIST is to support those every day hero’s.

What is the vision of PONSIST?

Upon creating PONSIST it soon became clear that the possibilities are almost endless when thinking about the future of the platform;

PONSIST will remain the Global Healthcare Society in its core and faces a bright future in terms of development tools, easy access to local projects and patient management.

We envision other disrupting organisations to take our lead and help create an open and honest digital future for all.


Who is behind PONSIST?

PONSIST is founded by Alinda Jansen. 
You can find her video message on the About page
 so you can see the face behind this concept.

Who has developed this platform?

PONSIST is designed and developed by Tiron Graphics.
Led by Dutch professionals based in the United Arab Emirates, they are an international team of creative and very skilled young talent.
PONSIST and Tiron Graphics have built a solid, trustworthy and long term relationship.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

Who can use PONSIST?

To support the global fight against Covid-19 PONSIST is available for all Healthcare Professionals, Doctors and Nurses in any speciality. This means all medical professionals can apply for access and share their knowledge.

I'm not a Medical Specialist, but I want to help as well. What can I do?

We are looking for volunteers to support us on various tasks.
Please send and email at [email protected] and let us know what you do well. We will decide together on how you are able to help us help the real heroes in their fight against Covid-19.

We also accept donations to cover our costs. If you are feeling generous, please reach out to us at [email protected]

How do I share or find Covid information?

Start by applying for access to get yourself verified. This may take some time because it's an unautomated process.

All members can post under 'Covid-19' and the information gets distributed to every timeline immediately.
You can add files, pictures and video's to support your findings. You can also interact and reply to the posts of peers.

What else can I do to help?

To date PONSIST is unsponsored and non commercial, but that doesn't mean we don't have costs.
We cover our expenses in a creative way that leaves us autonomous. PONSIST Store sells great t-shirts especially designed for Healthcare Professionals. All revenue of PONSIST Store goed straight into PONSIST.


You can help by heading over to ponsist.store and treat yourself to a new shirt!

If you are feeling mighty generous and you don't need a new shirt, we appreciate donations as well. Please send us an email at [email protected] and request more details.

Why has the scope and availability of PONSIST changed?

The world is in a dire situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One thing that's spreading faster than the virus is the ammount of misinformation on public social channels.
Healthcare workers are in need of correct information and peer experience. We feel that whoever is able to help, should.

PONSIST functions similar to other social channels and it was already tailored to medical standards. With a few changes we are able to provide a secure platform and bring our frontline workers together in this battle.

When did PONSIST become available for other Medical Specialists?

The changes went live on March 15, 2020.

Are the changes permanent?

At this point our main priority is to help serve our frontline workers who are fighting the pandemic.
We will decide on the exact future of PONSIST at a later stage.

We keep an open mind to any suggestions.

JOINING PONSIST

Who can join PONSIST?

PONSIST is intended for medical professionals only, but as soon as you have graduated you can apply for access. Medical students will not be granted access upon application.

Retired professionals are very welcome to join!
We believe your presence is highly valuable to the world because of your vast experience.


How do I join PONSIST?

Click the yellow button on our homapage that says Apply For Free Access, fill out the application form and follow the instructions.

Keep in mind that the actual verification process is not an automated process and requires time to complete.
The verification process is strict, but you can help speed up your application by filling out all the requested details.


Why should I trust PONSIST?

A simple and valid question, yet complex to answer.

 

Trust isn’t something to be taken lightly and your scepticism is fully understandable. Especially since we are aware that many companies and individuals have proven to not be very trustworthy after all. 

We encourage you to explore every inch of this website and that includes our policies on the bottom of the page.
You'll soon discover that PONSIST takes three things extremely serious;
your privacy, your online safety and your trust.

 

By all means, draw your own conclusions; read Our Agreement, which is more than just Terms and Conditions, read the Cookies & Privacy Policy, see who’s behind PONSIST, do your homework. And then decide for yourself if PONSIST deserves your trust.

 

If you have questions that aren’t covered to your satisfaction, feel free to send an email directly to the PONSIST founder at [email protected]


In what way is PONSIST different than other medical or social platforms?

The biggest differentiator of PONSIST is the fact that it’s not sponsored and we do not collaborate commercially with other parties. We are fully autonomous. 
This means that any reason to collect and sell your data or any reason to influence your thoughts has no purpose. 
We love privacy and we love being able to think for yourself!

PONSIST is the worlds first social media platform without advertisements or commercial ties. 

Anything inside the platform is not publically available. It is only accessible to other members. The content is not accessible for web crawlers or index robots either. This means that whatever you share on PONSIST is only visible to other verified and subscribed medical professionals. Allowing for leveled discussions with colleagues.

 

 

PONSIST allows medical specialists to meet peers around the globe. It extends far beyond your personal networks. 
Just give it go, apply for free access.


How will you verify me?

PONSIST performs several background checks to verify individuals. This is based on the combination of the details you will be required to provide upon applying for access.

You will not be able to enter the platform before this verification is complete.
The verification process is not an automated process and requires time to complete. We strive to complete the process within 24 hours, however it may take longer.

Should we encounter any difficulties when reviewing your application we will contact you directly.

Why is it necessary to be verified?

Unfortunately there are people that claim to be a medical professional who aren’t. 

There will also be people interested in finding a way in for various reasons.

The verification process is there to keep anyone that isn’t a Healthcare Professional out to make sure you are amongst medical colleagues and friends.


Why should I join PONSIST?

As a caretaker you are always pressured;
Pressured to perform
Pressured for time
Pressured by management
Pressured to have an answer to just about anything in your field of expertise


At the same time the demands for administrative tasks keep increasing. You’re trying to maintain a personal life and you need to keep track of the latest research results, learn new techniques and stay on top of the most recent developments in your field.

While PONSIST isn’t a magic wand that whisks all that pressure away, it sure is the easiest source of gathering information within your medical field. It saves time to be around the smartest colleagues and have their best insights or clever tricks at the tip of your fingers.
Even better, PONSIST has a global reach. So at any given time, day or night, there will be peers available to think along with you. All you have to do is reach out.


How much does it cost to be a member of PONSIST?

PONSIST is free for all verified medical professioanls to use.

I am a medical student, can I join PONSIST?

As soon as you graduate and may call yourself a Doctor or a Registered Nurse, you can apply for access.
If you are still in Med school, you need to have some patience before you can access to the platform.

And remember, you're not studying to pass an exam. You're studying because one day you'll be the only thing standing between your patient and the grave. Keep grinding and see you soon!


I work at a pharmaceutical or medical device company, can I join PONSIST?

PONSIST is made solely for medical professionals and prides itself in being unsponsored and non commercial.

Pharmaceutical or Medical device companies are not able to join PONSIST.


I would like to make use of your medical network, can we collaborate?

That highly depends, if you are looking to buy personal details of HCP's or if you are looking for a way to promote your products to them, you didn’t come to the right place.

If you have a different angle, feel free to contact us at [email protected] and tell us how you'd like to collaborate.


FUNCTIONALITY, SECURITY AND TRUST

How does PONSIST work?

PONSIST shares posted content in a specific specialty or interest area to anyone in the world with that same specialty or interest area. The content is created and shared by members and ranges from case discussions, sharing insights and practical tips to the latest news, publications or requests for peer support.

 

Apart from this news based timeline PONSIST provides you with a second timeline called Affiliations.

The Affiliations timeline is used to set up any peer collaboration.
Think of it as a notice board that you use for anything you want to work on with colleagues, such as international trials or research, medical training visits or even peer to peer learning sessions.


What can I do at PONSIST?

You can share insights with peers to support their development, you can consult with your colleagues, you can share your personal experiences, you can benefit from the learnings of others, you can request for assistance or expertise, you can increase the numbers of patients in a trial or extend your research internationally.

You can get so much out of PONSIST that will positively impact your practice!
It’s made for surgeons and it’s fed by surgeons.

Try it your self. Start by applying for acces at the homepage.


How safe and secure is PONSIST?

From our side, PONSIST uses servers that keep high security levels and all data is send and transfered in end-to-end encryption using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) otherwise known as Transport Layer Security (TLS), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) officially standardized version of SSL, is the most widely used transport-level data-communication protocol providing Authentication (the communication is established between two trusted parties), Confidentiality (the data exchanged is encrypted), Message integrity (the data is checked for possible corruption), Secure key exchange between client and server.

Our servers are compliant with the EU Data Protection Directive and to manage privacy and security-related concerns it is compliant with several compliance programs including ISO 27001:2005 and HIPAA. Our servers are certified to the Health Information Trust Alliance Common Security Framework (HITRUST - CSF).

 

PONSIST requires our members to comply with the privacy rights of patients. Meaning that individual contributors are responsible for anonymising personal details, pictures or videos of your patients.

 

It is very important for members to use a strong and unique password as well as not sharing it with others.

 

For your convenience, read the tips that will help you to create a strong password in our Security Advice.


Why isn’t PONSIST a public community?

Privacy is of extreme importance. Not only your personal privacy, but the privacy of your patients as well. It doesn’t make sense to put the delicate healthcare topics out on the web for anyone to see it.

That’s why PONSIST is a closed and safe environment, it's like a vault. You can only enter that vault after our verification process.


How can I trust that you don’t use, sell or commercialise my details and data?

The entire set up of PONSIST is based on earning your trust.
PONSIST serves as a direct reply to the misdeeds of online companies that have abused the trust of their members.


Please take the time to read the Our Agreement section as well as our Cookies & Privacy Policy and About section to get all the information you need.

Then decide for yourself if PONSIST deserves your trust.


Can I upload anything without worrying about privacy?

Even though PONSIST is a closed environment and will only be entered by verified medicl professionals, we believe privacy is a basic right of all humans.

PONSIST requires her members to respect anyone's privacy at all times as described in our Society Code.
Make sure that you honour your patients trust in you. Always respect their privacy by anonymising identifying details.


Can I automatically upload my profile from a different social network when applying for acces?

Technically this is very easy to set up for you and perhaps you feel that linking your existing would save a lot of time.

The reason why we choose to not offer this service has a lot to do with being autonomous and everything with respecting privacy. We can't guarantee or control what other website do with such a connection and we like to play it safe.

PROMOTING PONSIST

Can I invite others to join?

You sure can! The more the merrier.
Every caretaker that uses PONSIST holds valuable information and experiences that are potentially groundbreaking to others.


Help us spread the word by talking about PONSIST, sending your peers the link www.ponsist.com for them to check out, inviting our inspiring founder to speak atyour next event or write the articles to publish in the Healthcare Gazette (Healthcare Gazette is pubically visible to all website visitors).

To further expres our appreciation for your enthusiasm, we offer you a free Social Kit with comptemporary visuals for you to use online. Send us an email at [email protected] to receive the link to our charming promotion kit.

Can I refer to this community on my website or on my social media profile?

Yes, you can share the weblink https://www.ponsist.com anywhere.

No need to worry about anyone outside the medical field who follows the link. It will only land them on the public pages and not inside the platform.

You can also help us spread the word by talking about PONSIST, inviting our founder as an inspiring speaker at your next event or writing articles for the Healthcare Gazette.

To further expres our appreciation for your enthusiasm, we offer you a free Social Kit with comptemporary visuals for you to use online. Send us a quick email at [email protected] to receive the link to our charming promotion kit.

Your effort is appreciated dearly!


Can I use your logo in my presentation?

Yes, you can use our logo and brandmark as long as you promise not to change or alter it in any way. 


Send us an email on [email protected] and we will send you some proper high resolutions files you can use.


What is the free PONSIST Social Kit?

We have created the PONSIST Social Kit to make it easy for anyone to expres their enthusiasm about the Global Healthcare Society. It contains various charming comtemporary digital designs you can use online and off line.
To receive a link to our Social Kit, simply send us a short email at [email protected] and you'll soon be looking sharp!

You can also help us spread the word by talking about PONSIST, inviting our founder as a speaker to your next event or writing articles for the Healthcare Gazette (Blog).

Your help is truly appreciated!


Can I use or repost articles or content outside of PONSIST?

PONSIST does not own the content of articles posted by members inside PONSIST, the individual member holds all copyrights. 

In reference to our Society Code please don’t take it upon yourself to use the work of others. Always be courteous and respectful to your peers and ask permission to use their content outside of PONSIST.

The article published on our blog page, Healthcare Gazette, are publically available and you may share these without hesitation. In fact, we've made it easy to share articles with quick links at the bottom of the page.


I'd like to do more to support PONSIST. What can I do?

We are very pleased with your wish to help us!

The simplest way to support our Society is to spread the word for us by telling your respected peers about PONSIST, using the PONSIST Social Kit, sharing articles from the Healthcare Gazette and by inviting our founder as an inspiring speaker to your next event.

You can talk about us old fashioned style in the coffee room or online by using the social media platforms you have an account for.

We are happy to give you high quality images and our Social Kit to use. Just send a quick request to [email protected]

If you wish to provide some financial support you can become a PONSIST Patron.
Please contact our founder directly at [email protected]

What is a PONSIST Patron?

PONSIST Patrons are enthusiastic (and wonderful too!) people who believe in the power of the Global Healthcare Society and support our cause financially.
Patrons are satisfied with our eternal gratitude and our thouroughly expressed happiness. 

Any amount, small or large, is very welcome and will be put to good use.

If you're interested in becoming a PONSIST Patron yourself, get directly in touch with our founder, Alinda Jansen at [email protected]

FOR PONSIST USERS

Can I connect to my peers?

PONSIST is based on specialty and interest so there’s no need to build your own network within this network.

You can easily connect with anyone you come across and send them a personal message by clicking on their name.
This will land you on their personal page and at the top you’ll see a 'message' button to send them a direct and personal message.


Can I use or repost content outside of PONSIST?

PONSIST does not own the content of articles posted by members, the individual member holds all copyrights. 

In reference to our Society Code please don’t take it upon yourself to use the work of others. Always be courteous and respectful to your peers and ask permission to use their content outside of PONSIST.


Can I tell peers on my favourite products?

Yes, of course!
You are allowed to tell the world about your favourite products and why they work so well for you. 

There’s a big difference in talking about experiences and commercially promoting the use of certain items.

We value personal opinions, but PONSIST is not meant to be used for commercial activities of any kind.


I had a bad experience. Can I talk about that at PONSIST?

By all means, yes, share your story with your peers.

As much as we all love sharing positive success stories, it is equally important to share your experience when things went wrong.
PONSIST provides you with a safe environment in which you can openly talk to peers about the good and the bad for other to learn from.

What is the Affiliations timeline and how do I use it?

Affiliations is an amazing extra timeline that works slightly different to your newsfeed.

It is meant to set up collaborations around to world. You can use it to set up an international trial or set up a cross border research.
You can use it for anything where you need a team of people to work on together, b
ut you can also use it to host your own Visiting Programs or Live Events, to name a few options.


I’m not (only) getting topics that fit my interest, what should I do?

Check you subscription list on the right side of your screen to see what you are subscribed to. 
When you click 'Manage' you can make changes to the topics you wish to receive.


I discovered a post that is posted in the wrong category. Where do I report this?

You can do two things; you can mention this to the posting colleague yourself in a personal message (which is probably the nicer thing to do) or you can report the post using the three dots in the left upper corner of the post and choose the option ‘posted in the wrong category’ to let us handle it.


Either way your help to keep things neat is appreciated!


Some users have an extra symbol in their post. What does that mean?

That circled P-symbol means that member holds a special status within our Society.
The sympol is awarded under special circumstances;

It is granted to recognise our respected members of the PONSIST Advisory Board. Advisory Board members are medical experts that play a key advisory role to the Executive Director.

It is given to recognise our Pioneers.
They are the members of the first hour who tested the beta version before the official launch. They are also the members who created the first content available.

It is given to recognise the members that are Perfect Peers.
They are members that are actively involved in the Society and/or they gained a lot of peer appreciation.

Last, but not least, it is given to PONSIST Patrons.
They are members who have supported our Society with a financial donation.