CTSNet, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation jointly created by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), and the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery (EACTS). In addition, CTSNet has participation agreements in place with 48 cardiothoracic surgical societies around the world. Those societies have agreed to use CTSNet as their official online voice. This support by the recognized professional societies throughout the world gives CTSNet a level of credibility and an authoritative voice unmatched by any other online source.
CTSNet is the most comprehensive, most heavily trafficked, and most reliable online source of information about cardiothoracic surgery available worldwide, and its online community of cardiothoracic surgeons is the largest in the world. CTSNet traffic in the community averages over 500,000 sessions and over 5 million page views per month.
CTSNet hosts the primary websites of 50 professional cardiothoracic surgery organizations (including 34 international organizations). The shared hosting infrastructure allows state-of-the-art functionality and the development of unique online resources to more than 37,000 individual community participants. Collaboration in the community is achieved through innovative career-development resources such as the Professional Portfolio (through which surgeons can manage Maintenance of Certification activities), sophisticated educational tools such as the Self-Examination, Self-Assessment in Thoracic Surgery and the Learning Management System (through which surgeons can study essential aspects of and new techniques in CT surgery and earn CME credit), and a real-time, central repository for US and European operative log tracking. Newly released is a CT Surgery Safety Reporting System that collects anonymously submitted vignettes of actual incidents and posts safety recommendations of procedures to prevent patient injury. CTSNet hosts online versions of 6 leading CTS journals and 4 major textbooks that are deeply interlinked within CTSNet.
The mission of CTSNet is to advance education and collaboration in the global cardiothoracic surgical community through Internet resources.
Activity on the CTSNet Web site consists primarily of cardiothoracic surgeons and medical professionals who are affiliated with the practice of cardiothoracic surgery. The most-visited sections on CTSNet are the Jobs Center, the CTSNet Journal Collection, and the Residents Section.
In addition to providing a platform for information, CTSNet develops and provides the technology that drives administrative, academic, and credentialing functions, online management for abstract submissions for annual meeting programs, US and European operative log tracking, online examinations, application submission for US credentialing, online books, CTSNet bookstore, online survey management, among other services. CTSNet also supports a searchable community database, job board, discussion forum, community-wide event announcement board, and a content search engine.
In 2007, CTSNet released a Professional Portfolio, e-learning system, and a safety reporting system. These services focus on professional development of medical professionals in the CTSNet community.