Exciting new developments are happening in Medicine every day but patients are flooded with information and cannot keep up with the latest evidence. Navigating the sea of information available online can be daunting at best, and dangerous at worst.
A close family member of mine has been suffering from Crohn’s Disease for over 15 years. He was struck in his mid twenties and had to undergo countless surgeries. His journey from doctor to doctor, hospital to hospital without any relief highlights the lack of consensus on courses of treatment and the heterogeneity of care. After years of looking for a long-term solution to help manage recurring infections, he came upon an online article highlighting a simple day-to-day approach that immediately provided relief. This was not a recommendation from his doctors but information he had uncovered through his own extensive online research.
Doctors are overburdened with patients and (understandably) cannot dedicate the appropriate time and attention to each individual case. Patients not only have the ability but a responsibility to do their own research and learn about their diagnosis and the available treatments. The question is, how can someone without the benefit of a formal medical education make sense of and vet all the information they come across?
I am the co-developer of MedNexus, a medical search engine for patients – think “Google for Medicine”. At MedNexus we believe having access to the right information can change someone’s life. We have developed a solution to cut through the noise of typical health sites. We want to provide a viable alternative to WebMD and all the pseudo-science you can find online, and enable patients to engage in meaningful conversations with their doctor.
Through our search engine, you can find the most relevant content from a variety of sources: medical journals, government health sites, patient forums, etc. Whether you are looking for the latest evidence, or to learn from fellow patients, you can find reliable and actionable answers at MedNexus.
Please keep in mind that our platform is still a work in progress! We are happy to get your feedback (and constructive criticism) to help us improve on it.
Check us out at: www.mednexus.io
– Nathanael Geman, Co-Founder & CEO, MedNexus