iNvestigate is an interactive website designed for use by medical graduates, which focuses on the appropriate and cost-effective use of diagnostic investigations. It is intended for use by prevocational, general practitioner and specialist trainees.
This project was funded by the Australian Government under the Quality Use of Pathology Program.
iNvestigate uses data from the RCPA Manual website to provide detailed information about individual Pathology tests.
The Medicare Benefits Schedule is used as the data source for indicative costs of investigations -- these do not necessarily reflect actual costs to the patient or the laboratory and do not include associated costs e.g. of anaesthesia or hospital admission.
In addition, iNvestigate uses data from the RANZCR Inside Radiology website to provide general information about diagnostic imaging.
How the user interacts with iNvestigate is explained here. Simple instructions and help are provided on each page of the website. Complete documentation can be downloaded from the "About" page.
iNvestigate is a work in progress. Further relevant and instructive cases will continue to be added to the site, using a simple "Case Builder" interface which has been created for medical educators.
iNvestigate has been tested with Firefox 12+, Internet Explorer 8 and Safari 5+, but appears to work satisfactorily with most other browsers on desktop or laptop computers. iNvestigate has not been tested on other devices and is unlikely to work on tablets or phones.