Centralized Clinical Trials Site Launched by Medpedia
Posted Feb 03 2010 5:42am
The Medpedia Project has announced the launching of Medpedia Clinical Trials, a platform for patients and physicians to receive information about the thousands of clinical trials that are in process or about to begin. Unlike other platforms Medpedia allows clinical trial information to be fed automatically to users. So instead of searching the information comes to you.
For instance, trial information can show up alongside a Medpedia article covering the same condition, it can appear in a personalized feed of someone interested in that condition, or in a patient community related to that condition.
The biggest barrier to completing clinical trials is finding enough people to take part in them. Medpedia hopes that this new resource will help. By creating tools that make it easier for patients, caregivers and clinicians to find relevant trials, and by raising awareness of existing trials in context, potential treatments can be tested faster and more efficiently and reach those patients that need them most.
Medpedia Clinical Trials updates every 24 hours from the data on ClinicalTrials.gov, a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. The search results provide details on a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and contact information. The ClinicalTrials.gov database is overseen by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is the largest clinical trials database, holding registrations from over 80,000 trials from more than 170 countries in the world.
For full disclosure, readers should know that this blog feeds to Medpedia. The Medpedia platform includes a collaborative online medical encyclopedia, a 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 Answers for asking and answering medical and health questions; Medpedia Alerts for displaying real-time medical and health news alerts; and Medpedia News & Analysis for sharing medical news and analysis.
I believe it is a great resource and that is why I participate. Check Medpedia out. You may find some worthwhile information there.