The Medpedia Project is a long term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. This model is founded on providing a free online platform that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and transparent and available to any individual or organization that can benefit from its use. Users of the platform include medical and scientific journals, medical schools, research institutes, medical associations, physicians, hospitals, for-profit and non-profit organizations, companies, expert patients, policy makers, students, non-professionals taking care of loved ones, individual medical professionals, scientists, etc.
Medpedia is conceived as a commons for gathering the information and people critical to health care 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. As a medical wiki, Medpedia is a collaporative encyclopedia and resource for information about health, medicine and the body with the following uses and benefits:
- Reference source for both medical professionals and the lay-public covering information about health, medicine and the body
- Forum for individuals and groups to be recognized for their areas of expertise
- Clearinghouse of bio-medical journal articles, data, research, and educational materials
- Forum for debating emerging issues
- Platform for advancing medical knowledge
Only physicians and Ph.D.s are allowed to edit articles on Medpedia after creating an account and being approved as an Editor. Non-Editors can create an account and then suggest changes that must be approved by an Editor before going live on the site.
Medpedia also contains a directory and serves as a professional network for use by medical professionals including physicians, researchers, nurses, engineers in medical device companies, hospital administrators, public health officials, employees of medical associations, and anyone whose career in medicine and health leads them to have special expertise they can share with the community. Medical organizations an also register to receive their own area on the platform. These areas of the site have the following intended uses and benefits:
- Free, customizable professional network for organizations
- Communications tool for working groups and associations
- Recruiting tool for research collaborators, grants, and employment
- Expertise directory
- Clinical referral network
- Professional address book for colleagues of all disciplines
Both medical professionals and non-professionals will find uses for Medpedia as a knowledge sharing and communications tool; as a source for new medical knowledge; an historical repository for discussions of medical topics; as a method of staying up-to-date on news of the latest developments in medicine.