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MEDPEDIA Adds Health and Medical Videos To Platform
Date:3/31/2010

Contributions Include Videos from NIH, CDC, Big Think and Other Organizations

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2010 -- The Medpedia Project today announced the addition of health and medical videos to its collaborative online medical platform. This part of the platform is launching with hundreds of medical and health videos from sources including the CDC, the FDA, other institutes of the NIH, as well as from Big Think and other organizations. The videos cover topics ranging from diabetes and H1N1 education, to medical procedures and health care reform. Like the Clinical Trials system on the Medpedia platform, medical videos can now be delivered in the appropriate context online. For example, a video can show up in a Medpedia article covering the same topic, it can appear in a personalized feed of someone interested in that disease, or in a patient community related to that condition. These videos are freely available now on Medpedia.com.

"Big Think is delighted to share this collection of expert insights and analysis with the Medpedia community. We trust that the addition of this video content will be useful in supporting and enhancing the valuable collaborative efforts being put forth by the medical community," said the President and co-Founder of Big Think, Peter Hopkins. Big Think and other organizations are making hundreds of videos available today on Medpedia with more to come. Examples include an interview with surgeon and New Yorker contributor Atul Gawande MD on the costliest medical errors and how they can be avoided; an NIH video of public health specialist Harrison Wein on teen fitness and its link to higher IQ; a National Library of Medicine discussion of malaria in Africa; as well as surgical procedure videos.

In addition to the videos, the Medpedia platform includes a collaborative online medical encyclopedia, 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. Other parts of the Medpedia platform include Medpedia Clinical Trials (http://www.medpedia.com/clinical-trials) for pushing clinical trial information out to the Web in proper context, Medpedia Answers (http://www.medpedia.com/answers) for asking and answering medical and health questions; Medpedia Alerts (http://www.medpedia.com/alerts) for displaying real-time medical and health news alerts; and Medpedia News & Analysis (http://www.medpedia.com/news_analysis) for sharing medical news and insight.

Since the announcement of The Medpedia Project in February 2009, thousands of people have become a part of the community and thousands of physicians, researchers, organizations and experts have contributed to the knowledge base.

About Big Think
Big Think (http://bigthink.com/) is an online venue for the growing global conversation about where we are and where we're headed. Taking cues from elite private institutions and conferences that convene thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to share ideas about pressing global issues, Big Think adapts these models to the more egalitarian web medium to give the public access to expert thinking and the opportunity to engage in dialogue around it.

About The Medpedia Project
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 technology platform that is easy to understand, collaborative, interdisciplinary, transparent, and that elevates the best medical information on the Web. The result of this effort will be to transform how both medical professionals and the general public acquire information about health and connect with each other.

Harvard Medical School, the Stanford School of Medicine, The University of Michigan Medical School, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and health organizations around the world have collaborated with Medpedia. Many organizations have contributed seed content free of copyright restrictions. Other organizations, such as University of Michigan Medical School, are encouraging members of their faculty to edit the Medpedia encyclopedia. Other health and medical organizations working in association with Medpedia (http://www.medpedia.com/record_of_merit)

Medpedia.com, Inc. is funded and managed by Ooga Labs (www.oogalabs.com) a technology greenhouse in San Francisco.

Medpedia Disclaimer
The content on or accessible through Medpedia.com is for informational purposes only. Medpedia is not a substitute for professional advice or expert medical services from a qualified health care professional. Organizations associated with Medpedia are not responsible for the content that appears in the editable pages of Medpedia, which can contain content submitted by other health professionals or other persons, including those who may not be affiliated with these organizations.

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