In this paper we present a software tool for the realisation of the distance education
service, that is the conduction of classes through the use of computers. The classes
are directed towards personnel in various areas and aim at the retraining and update
of the personnel in subjects of special interest in their line of work. The conduction of
classes takes place, from and towards, remote regions with the aid of a computer network.
Hippocrates is a flexible and easy-to-use application, which permits students, who sit in
front of remotely situated workstations, to attend classes or seminars given by a teacher
or expert, who can also be located in some remote geographical area. Hippocrates can be
thought of as a distributed transparency projector. The teacher can project transparencies
on the screens of the students’ workstations and can emphasize or indicate regions of
interest on them by using the graphical tools offered by Hippocrates. Immediate results
of the use of Hippocrates are the fast updating of the personnel in remote areas and the
upgrading of the quality of the services they offer.