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Search Medica: relevant information in Medicine October 25, 2008

Posted by tomography in Medicine 2.0, science.
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I have discovered SearchMedica through radRounds, the community site for Radiologist. SearchMedica is a part of CMPMedica that owns other popular websites such as Psychiatric Times and Physicians Practice.

The algorithms behind SearhMedica do the same as any other web search engine does: crawls, indexes and displays relevant results. It draws from well-known, credible journals, systematic reviews, and evidence-based articles, patient-directed websites, online CME courses, and government databases of clinical trials and practice guidelines.

What I found great about this search engine, is that one may start by limiting search results to a given field of medicine, such as “Radiology” or “Cardiovascular.”

After hitting the search button, and getting a ton of results, one may further narrow or broaden search results by clicking on the list that appears on top and onto the left [not shown on image] of the search results.

In conclusion, SearchMedica is a promising project that will find many supporters amongst medical professionals, and it is one I am sure to use until SEEKRadiology becomes a true meta search engine.

– Andras

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New Facebook for scientists available soon October 24, 2008

Posted by tomography in Community sites, science, Social network.
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There are a large number of community sites dedicated for scientists and physicians such as ResearchGATE, BiomedExperts, Sermo, Tiromed, ScienceStage and many others, but the latest one has already been announced in the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh recently announced a prototype networking application called Digital/Vita to help physicians and research scientists find appropriate collaborators quickly and efficiently (J Med Internet Res 2008;10[3]).

Scientists are still using traditional methods (e.g.: browsing through the literature or asking knowledgeable colleagues) to find potential candidates for collaboration, but these are becoming increasingly inefficient.

Digital/Vita will help them become more efficient by automatizing much of this process. Its main focus is on the CV, but you won’t be spending hours filling out another CV, since the system is supposed to recognize various formats, and help you export that data in various other useful formats such as grant applications.

Managing biographical information with Digita/Vita not only requires no extra effort from a scientist compared with traditional approaches, it actually reduces effort because the raw biographical information is converted automatically to several frequently used standard formats.

Is this a vital project? It sure adds simplicity to social media based on the snapshots. After all a list of contacts and a good, manageable CV is all one needs in professional life. The rest is just decoration [on Facebook].

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– Andras