Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Wikipedia for Medicine

MedPedia is a new project similar to Wikipedia but for medicine. It will act as an online collaborative medical encyclopedia available to the general public. Unlike Wikipedia, content editors and creators are required to have an MD or a PhD. Organizations funding MedPedia include some well-known acronyms: CDC, NIH, and FDA. One question remains: will […]

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Choosing a Medicare Part D plan

As I noted in an earlier post, choosing a Medicare part D plan is difficult.  However, there are resources to help people choose a Medicare Part D plan based on which prescriptions they are taking and where they live.  Medicare has its own Personalized Plan Search.  The private sector also has come up with user-friendly […]

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Google Health is up and running

Today, Google has made its Google Health program publicly available. You can get a tour of Google Health here and FAQs are available here. TechCrunch has a great comparison (“…Hands-on Look“) of Google Health and Microsoft’s HealthVault. “Whereas HealthVault’s strengths seem to lie in tying together different health information silos on the back end, Google […]

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Rate your doctor

Rating websites are all the rage on the internet. From RateMyTeachers.com to RateMyCop.com, you can rate practically anything nowadays. A new website called Vitals.com allows you now to rate your doctor as well. In addition to being able to read reviews from other patients, there are also other physician statistics. For instance, Vitals.com informs you […]

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Rating the “demi-gods in white”

GigaOM reports on some new Health 2.0 developments in Germany in its article “Health 2.0 Gaining Traction in Germany.”  Websites such as Helpster and Imedo are among a number of website which are now rating German physicians.  In order to take into account established medical institutions, Imedo is including the physician certification status as part […]

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