More than 70% of internet using adults in the US look for medical and health information online, and this number is rising quickly.
They have access to blogs, podcasts, Facebook groups, mobile apps, Twitter users or Youtube channels, among others, that can provide both e-patients and medical professionals with relevant pieces of information.
However, there is currently no way to find those that contain reliable and correct advice. Reviewing this information cannot be done by Google’s algorithm alone - it needs the human touch.
Webicina’s expert team provides that missing peer-review, curating more than 6000 sources to date for free, providing an easy way to collect and browse this vast database.
Access to better health and medical advice leads to better healthcare decisions for the patient, less medical errors for the physician, and through this, lower healthcare costs.
Ultimately, it improves patient-physician relationships, paving the way for participatory healthcare.
The process of curation consists of 4 steps:
1) Crowdsourcing the search for the best available resources on a given topic through our social media channels. We spent over 8 years developing our community of 30,000+ medical professionals and widely respected e-patients.
2) The Webicina Team designs a collection of the best resources on a given topic like diabetes based on the results of the crowdsourcing.
3) The Team’s curators filter each resource through a several hundred step algorithm by hand
4) The resources are published, along with the reasons for selecting each.
As we receive thousands of suggestions each week for which sources should be added to our database, we developed a simple checklist to help authors improve the quality of their medical or health resources.
Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD is a medical futurist who graduated from the University of Debrecen, Medical School and Health Science center with Weszprémy Award as a medical doctor and finished PhD in the field of clinical genomics with summa cum laude.
As a medical futurist, he envisions the next steps and trends in order to make sure a mutually positive relation between the human touch and innovative technologies will rule the future of healthcare. He has given over 500 presentations from the Yale, Stanford and Harvard University to the centre of the World Health Organization and the Futuremed course organized by the Singularity University at NASA; and is a consultant for pharma and medical technology companies.
He is the author of The Guide to the Future of Medicine, the Social Media in Clinical Practice handbook; as well as the multiple award-winning medical blog, Scienceroll.com; and the founder and lecturer of the Social Media in Medicine online and offline university course which is the first of its kind worldwide. His work was mentioned by CNN.com, the World Health Organization, Nature Medicine, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, British Medical Journal and Wired Science, among others. He is a member of Mensa International and the World Future Society.
We are proud to have both respected e-patients and expert digital doctors on our Advisory Board.