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    ‘World’s Largest Collaborative Online Encyclopedia of Medicine’ in Works

    By Jennifer Huddleston, staff writer     

    A new project aims to bring information usually found only in academic circles to the general public—but in laymen’s terms that are easy to understand. [1]

    Medpedia, described as the world’s largest collaborative online encyclopedia of medicine,
    [2] will feature content about medical topics including anatomy, diseases, medications, procedures and medical facilities. [3]

    The site is a collaborative medical encyclopedia for the general public but different from its competitors—such as WebMD and MayoClinic—in that content creators and editors must have a medical or doctorate degree and be screened rigorously before receiving approval to write and edit information.
    [4]

    Information on each topic will be available in laymen’s terms for the general public on one page and in more clinical terms for medical professionals on a technical page.
    [5] In addition to written information, the site will offer photographs, video, sound and images and will be updated in real time in order to keep up with the latest health and medical discoveries. [6]

    The site’s advantage lies in the range of medical professionals writing content about their specialties. Medpedia founder James Currier, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who also founded the personal quiz and test site Tickle in 1999,
    [7] said the project plans to enlist thousands of medical professionals to create content on topics including more than 30,000 known diseases and conditions, thousands of procedures, millions of facilities worldwide and the more than 10,000 drugs prescribed annually. [8]

    Several prestigious medical colleges, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the University of Michigan Medical School have already committed to contributing content.
    [9]

    “Medpedia has the potential to become a vital tool for scientists, researchers and educators, as well as for the general public across the globe, providing easy access to the latest and best information on medicine,” said Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and editor-in-chief of the Harvard Health Publications Division of Harvard Medical School. “Sharing what we know, we can help each other and help ourselves.”
    [10]

    Medical professionals who create content will benefit by promoting themselves in their respective fields and will assist the world by sharing their knowledge with others.
    [11]

    The project is also set to receive content from government groups such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health and medical organizations including the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Oxford Health Alliance (OxHA), the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) and the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA).
    [12]

    Medpedia is in development with a live preview site currently available at
      medpedia.com . The free public site is set to go live at the end of 2008. [13]

    The project’s founders are currently seeking qualified M.D.s, biomedical research Ph.D.s and clinicians to apply to become editors of content. To apply, visit medpedia.com .



    [1] Guynn, Jessica. “Medpedia Brings Wikipedia Model to Health, but with Pros.” Los Angeles Times Technology Blog. July 23, 2008.
    [2] Paddock, Catharine. “Medpedia Launches Giant Wikipedia-Like Medical and Health Encyclopedia.” Medical News Today. July 23, 2008.
    [3] Nye, Calley. “MedPedia Is Wikifying the Medical Search Space.” The Washington Post. July 22, 2008.
    [4]  Ibid.
    [5]  Ibid.
    [6] “Medpedia Announced, World’s Largest Collaborative Online Encyclopedia of Medicine and Health.” Medpedia.com Press Release. July 23, 2008.
    [7] Nye, Calley. “MedPedia Is Wikifying the Medical Search Space.” The Washington Post. July 22, 2008.
    [8] Guynn, Jessica. “Medpedia Brings Wikipedia Model to Health, but with Pros.” Los Angeles Times Technology Blog. July 23, 2008.
    [9] Nye, Calley. “MedPedia Is Wikifying the Medical Search Space.” The Washington Post. July 22, 2008.
    [10] “Medpedia Announced, World’s Largest Collaborative Online Encyclopedia of Medicine and Health.” Medpedia.com Press Release. July 23, 2008.
    [11] Nye, Calley. “MedPedia Is Wikifying the Medical Search Space.” The Washington Post. July 22, 2008.
    [12] “Medpedia Announced, World’s Largest Collaborative Online Encyclopedia of Medicine and Health.” Medpedia.com Press Release. July 23, 2008.
    [13]  Ibid. 


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