The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the creation of a new online resource for clinicians, the Dynamic Medical Information System, or DynaMed:
Developed with the support of a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research award, DynaMed is a collection of clinical summaries on more than 1,800 medical topics. Instead of relying solely on texts in the office or other resources, a doctor can log into DynaMed to compare his patients’ ailments with a peer-reviewed, searchable database.
In the recent study, many doctors using the tool changed clinical decisions based on evidence they uncovered in the database.
DynaMed is supported by NSF’s SBIR program, which emphasizes high-risk, high-payback innovations that are tied to NSF’s mission of advancements in science, engineering and education.