In January the British Computer Society hosted a debate held at the Royal Society of Medicine to discuss how can health and social care services embrace the technological, sociological and cultural changes to form part of the future of healthcare information.
Dr Richard Price, a Fellow of All Souls College Oxford, has just launched a website, http://www.academia.edu/, which in his words does two things:
” – It displays academics around the world in a ‘tree’ format, according to what university/department they are affiliated with.
– It enables researchers to keep track of the latest developments in their field – the latest people and papers. ”
He is hoping that the site will list every academic in the world — Faculty members, Post-Docs, and Graduate Students.
“The Medpedia Project is an extraordinary global effort to collect, organize and make understandable, the world’s best information about health, medicine and the body and make it freely available on the website Medpedia.com. Physicians, health organizations, medical schools, hospitals, health professionals, and dedicated individuals are coming together to build the most comprehensive medical resource in the world that will benefit millions of people every year.
In association with Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, Berkeley School of Public Health, University of Michigan Medical School and other leading global health organizations, the Medpedia community seeks to create the most comprehensive and collaborative medical resource in the world. Medpedia will serve as a catalog, database, and learning tool about health, medicine and the body for doctors, scientists, policymakers, students and citizens that will improve medical literacy worldwide.”
If you ‘google’ Medpedia you will find it has generated a hugh amount of interest in the media. Richard Smith (BMJ Blogs) has commented here: