I’ve been maintaining a list of biomedical community sites for years now and the number is well above 60! Here are the newest additions:
MedCrowd: Market Research and Insight: Solve problems by collaborating directly with diverse healthcare experts
VoxMed: VoxMed is the worldwide online community reserved for the medical profession.
Sequilab: a leap forward for genetic researchers using online bioinformatics tools.
I’ve been updating a list of medical/scientific video sites for years and here is the newest addition, eClinic, a video directory for physicians and medical questions.
eClinic was founded by David Buck in 2009 while he was a medical student at Tufts University. eClinic was created to extend the knowledge and therapeutic touch of trusted physicians beyond the office setting.
We are passionate about improving health in innovative ways. And we hope that eClinic can compliment in-person counseling with online patient education.
Human Health Project is a non-profit organization funded by donations aiming at giving feedback on medical cases uploaded by medical professionals. Here is the description:
The Human Health Project began in California in 2006 as a non-profit organization when its founder, Dr. Phil Harrington, M.D., decided to create a platform for medical professionals to discuss rare and unusual health problems. The idea came from personal experience – for three years he went from doctor to doctor and struggled to find a diagnosis for his own illness. Even with access to modern healthcare and a background in medicine, the answers were still elusive, and the process was frustrating. For someone without the same access to healthcare, such as a patient in a developing nation, the challenge would have been even greater. This experience was telling of the lack of integration among the medical sciences and sparked the idea for the Human Health Project.
ResearchGATE, the largest scientific community site, where I used to manage the Masterblog, now announced its one millionth user which is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to them!
There are over 50 (!) biomedical community sites in my constantly updated list. Here is the newest addition, MDSNe:
MDSNe is a free social networking and peer-to-peer learning community for verified healthcare professionals based in Europe.
MDSNe is for all types of healthcare professionals. Physicians. Nurses. Nurses Practitioners. Pharmacists. And more!
MDSNe creates an atmosphere of openness and trust, enabling peer-to-peer learning in a safe and secure educational environment .
There are over 50 (!) biomedical community sites in my constantly updated list. Here are the 2 newest additions.
bevalley is a global network where healthcare professionals and organizations share medical facts and the ways they use them. It includes several applications to work with data, such as analysis tools and graphical representations. bevalley is free of charge and grows in a controlled way through an invitation system. Each user has a limited number of exclusive invites to the network. If you already know some users in bevalley, ask them to invite you!
Vivu: a network of professionals and users that care about our health and wellness.
When I was preparing to the next lecture of the Internet in Medicine course, I asked my friends on Twitter whether they know about examples for community outreach by hospitals. Lucien Engelen shared a great example with me. The Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC) helps young people with cancer to develop their own community. More details here and in the video below.
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre starts with the development of AYA4 (All information You’ve Asked For) : a unique online community for and by young people with cancer. Soon after the scoping process one of the FIRST steps was to have the Chief Listening Office of the REshape-team start listening to doctors, nurses, patients, parents and others in the informal care. So we as a University hospital facilitated the technique, supported and drove the innovation, but were the patients themselves who determined the content of the community and started filling. They create themselves a digital place where young people with cancer and their families can meet, exchange essential information, ask questions and share knowledge and feeling.
medCrowd is the 52nd in my list of biomedical community sites and maybe the first one using crowdsourcing.
Perhaps, you have a patient with a rare condition and you don’t know the best treatment. Or you are treating a patient and you have heard there have been recent developments in the field but you are not sure how these actually affect your patient’s day-to-day management.
The problem is finding the best solution for your patient. What you need is help finding it.
medCrowd enables you to find the best solution for your patient by collecting your peers’ professional opinions, simply and in one place. This is called crowdsourcing.
Sciflies is the newest addition (No. 51) to my list of biomedical community sites.
SciFlies is a new model for funding scientific research that allows the general public to get involved in scientific research by making small donations resulting in financing research for projects just waiting to prove new ideas that work, but just lack the funding to get started. SciFlies is a qualified nonprofit and all donations are tax-deductible.
There are almost 50 (!) biomedical community sites in my constantly updated list. I just came across iExperiment, a potential new addition:
iExperiment is an interactive database of general and specialized reports compiled by the scientific community. Broken up into 3 distinct sections, iExperiment allows viewers to search through a catalog of experiments, post questions and receive answers on inquiries direct from colleagues, plus the ability to signin and upload your own experiments.
You can see:
- Real experimental results
- Links to relevant content including reagents, equipment, consumables, and programs.
- Links to supplier sites
- Complete database information