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New Medical Communities: Medcrowd, Doctors Global and Comp’act Onair

There are now over 65 biomedical community sites in the list I’ve been updating for years. Here are the 3 new additions:

  • Doctors Global: Doctors Global intends to facilitate physicians to collaborate across all boundaries, to share views, experience and learn new things from colleagues across the world every day in a secure environment.

  • Comp’act Onair:  An evidence-based practice bases clinical decisions on the best available evidence.

An online community for Mayo Clinic

As you may know it, I’m a big admirer of what Mayo Clinic does online and not just because I’m a member of the external advisory board of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. Now they launched a community site with great goals:

We’re pleased to now be taking the next step, creating an online site to connect the global Mayo Clinic community. When you’re facing a health concern, sometimes, what you really need is someone who has already been there. That’s what this community is all about: connecting people who have been through the Mayo Clinic experience with others facing a similar health concern. Each year, more than 500,000 unique patients from every U.S. state and nearly 150 countries visit one of our Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida or Minnesota for diagnosis and treatment. These patients, their families and friends, and Mayo Clinic’s 50,000 employees and students are part of the global Mayo Clinic community. This site provides a place for community members to share information, support and understanding.

The Mayo Clinic online community is free and is open to anyone, whether you have been a patient at Mayo Clinic or not. It includes content from various Mayo Clinic blogs, health and medical videos from Mayo’s YouTube channel and links to news articles about Mayo Clinic research and treatment advances. It also features a discussion forum where members can connect with others who have similar interests or concerns.

From MedCrowd to VoxMed: New Communities

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.

eClinic: Speak for Your Health

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: Getting Feedback on Cases

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 Celebrates One Million Users

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!

MDSNe: learning community for verified healthcare professionals

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 .

New Health Networks

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.

Community outreach by hospitals

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: A New Medical Community

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.


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