Posted by: rmostell | February 19, 2009

Medpedia Goes Live on February 17, 2009

This is followup story to my August 13, 2008, blog:   “Medpedia Looking for a Few Good Doctors”

After six months of development as a private beta website, Medpedia has gone “live” on February 17, 2009.  The development was done in a blue-ribbon collaboration with faculty from Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley and Michigan.

Unlike Wikipedia, the content of Medpedia can be edited ONLY by qualified experts with doctorate degrees in their respective fields.  Although the content is written in “clear English” aimed at the general public, Medpedia may provide a reliable source of basic medical facts, images and explanations for students studying for careers in the medical sciences and could potentially be a place where medical science faculty can make personal contributions to a free and open global education network.  It sounds like a win-win situation for everyone.  Success will depend on continued corporate support and the quality of the editorial board who are critical in evaluating content submitted to the website.

I think this approach answers some of my criticisms of online encyclopedias in my February 18, 2009, blog:   “Wikipedia in Medical Education?”

Other organizations which support Medpedia include:

* American College of Physicians (ACP)
* American Heart Association (AHA)
* Oxford Health Alliance (OxHA)
* Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS)
* European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA)
* National Health Services (UK)

More information about Medpedia:

July 2008 Announcements:,-the-medical-Wikipedia,-allows-patients-to-diagnose-themselves.html


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