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February 3, 2010 / Mark Kerrigan

New Online Resource For Patients and Doctors Available from MEDPEDIA


What is Medpedia? Medpedia is a website where the goal is simple: sharing information by medical professionals and the general public about health, medicine and the body. Medpedia.com is “a free online technology platform that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and transparent.”

For quite some time, Medpedia has allowed interested people to find information on topics relevant to them. If you or someone you know has sustained a traumatic brain injury, as I have, there is a plethora of reading about epidural hematomas, unilateral neglect, the role pharmaceuticals play in the recovery of stroke victims and paralyzed rats learning to walk again.

From Alzheimer’s to Zellweger Syndrome, Medpedia is a one-stop-shop for the knowledge with which you need to arm yourself before you decide what doctor you need to see. As the name suggests, it’s a bit like Wikipedia. But more than that, it’s like Wikipedia and Google joined in symbiotic matrimony.

Although this reading and research could keep you occupied for months, the really big news is that Medpedia is now allowing health professionals and the general public to keep up with and participate in clinical trials.

The Medpedia Project today announced Medpedia Clinical Trials, a platform for patients and physicians to receive information about the thousands of clinical trials that are in process or about to begin. Other online sources already allow for searching clinical trials, but the Medpedia platform allows clinical trial information to be “pushed” or fed automatically to appropriate contexts. For instance, trial information can show up alongside a Medpedia article covering the same condition, it can appear in a personalized feed of someone interested in that condition, or in a patient community related to that condition. This free resource is available now on Medpedia at http://www.medpedia.com/clinical-trials

Thousands of people benefit from participating in clinical trials each year and millions benefit from others’ participation. But the biggest barrier to completing studies is that not enough people take part in them. According to industry statistics presented to the IOM Drug Forum in October 2009, between 50 and 75 percent of trials miss their recruiting targets resulting in cost overruns or canceled trials. By creating tools that make it easier for patients, caregivers and clinicians to find relevant trials, and by raising awareness of existing trials in context, potential treatments can be tested faster and more efficiently and reach those patients that need them most.

To read more about Medpedia and the newly-available clinical trials search feature, click here.

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