Medpedia, the online project to create an authoritative online encyclopedia of all things medicine, is now available as a public beta. Unlike Wikipedia, which anyone in the world can freely edit, Medpedia’s content is created by physicians and PhD’s in their respective biomedical/health fields.
From the announcement:
This release of the Medpedia Platform includes three interrelated services: a collaborative knowledge base, a Professional Network and Directory for health professionals and organizations, and Communities of Interest in which medical professionals and non-professionals can share information about conditions, treatments, lifestyle choices, etc.
Since the announcement of The Medpedia Project in July 2008, over 110 organizations have contributed or pledged over 7,000 pages of content to the knowledge base, and thousands of people have become a part of the community.
The Medpedia Professional Network provides medical and health professionals a free communications and networking system, a place to organize conference attendees and speakers, a professional expertise directory, a recruiting tool for research collaborators, and a clinical referral network.
Today, 25 health organizations are announcing their plans to use the Medpedia Network and Directory to connect with their memberships. The list includes the American Heart Association (AHA), NHS Choices (National Health Service) of the U.K., the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS), the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, and many others.