July 25, 2008

Medpedia –Online Medical Encyclopedia To Be Launched By Year End

Doctors, researchers and medical professionals in collaboration with internet majors are in the making of the world's largest online medical encyclopedia – Medpedia.

Based on the design similar to that of Wikipedia- the online encyclopedia - the site at www.medpedia.com will offer an online collaborative medical encyclopedia for use by the general public as well as medical experts.

Moreover, to maintain the accuracy and update the latest medical feats’ the site content will be written and edited by trained professional not less than an MD or a PhD.

Major health institutions and leading organizations including the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Stanford School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the National Institutes of Health, the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and other government research groups will contribute content to Medpedia.

Web pages with easy-to-understand information will feature content about diseases, anatomy, procedures, medications and medical facilities.

Incorporating two pages for a topic, the front page will carry basic details understandable to a layman, while the second link – a technical page – will allow medical professionals to discuss the topic in a more clinical tone.

Over 30,000 diseases, more than 10,000 prescription drugs and thousands of medical procedures are expected to be discussed on the online forum.

Founded by James Currier, a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, MedPedia’s Advisory Board includes
• Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D., Professor University of Michigan Medical School;
• Linda Hawes Clever, M.D., M.A.C.P., Clinical Professor University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School;
• Joseph B. Martin, M.D., Ph.D., former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University;
• Mitch Kapor, philanthropist and founder of Lotus Development Corporation, designer of Lotus 1-2-3,
• Chair of Board of Directors for Linden Lab (creator of Second Life),
• Chair of Mozilla Corporation,
• and a member of the Advisory Board for the Wikimedia Foundation.

The site www.medpedia.com still under construction will be officially launched by the year’s end. However, as of now contributors can apply to be included, and users can submit feedback and suggestions at the live preview site.

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