Do you always get straight answers or detailed explanation about your illness from your doctor? I didn’t think so. Medical professionals usually don’t have the time or interest to spoon feed common folk on complex medical terminologies. Even when they do, it might not be easy to wrap our brains around.
Then there are tens of thousands of medical studies that are released for public consumption. Even if you are interested, going through hundreds of pages of medical jargon isn’t going to be a productive exercise. Medify’s goal is to help you and your family more easily navigate, stay current, and manage the often complex process of finding answers, while empowering you to get help from those you trust most. Time to learn how to mine the data to our benefit.
Unlike many other health information websites, everything on Medify is 100% vetted by medical researchers. Thanks to the resourceful algorithm under its hood, you get to search millions of medical research studies every day and to organize findings about real patients around the topics you care about - conditions, treatments, experts, and hot research issues.
The app doesn’t stop there. Once you’ve found the information you want, it helps you to find a way to put it to good use. Did I mention that you don’t have to pay a penny to use the web app?
After signing up, you can start the research by searching for the medical condition you want to know more about. Medify makes it easy by auto suggesting conditions that are close to the words you are typing in the search box and this should help even if you don’t know the correct spelling. Apparently the web app also supports searches made based on treatment types and medical institutions.
Once the search is complete, you will be taken to the Discover section of the app. Here, specific information that covers a wealth of information relevant to the medical condition in question is showcased, organized neatly in various sections.
Listings from each section carry stats like total number of patients across all studies, total number of studies on that condition, lists of potential treatments, including those that are most studied etc. All these details can be accessed by just clicking on a study without having to waste time going through it the first place.
Accessing Research Studies
Click on the name of study that interests you and you will be able to see researches that are timestamped, complete with the number of patients who were involved in the study, the institution which conducted it etc. You can see what other similar patients are doing, compare your own information regarding treatments and experts. Whenever you find useful studies, use the Save button to start building a personal health library.
Excellent filter options take the pain out of filtering studies based on gender, geography, ethnicity etc. Besides, you can create your own custom filter too. Hit the save button to keep tabs on the latest research or the pages that are relevant to your condition.
Mingling with the Community
Connecting with a community that is either caring for themselves or their loved ones with similar medical conditions is one of the perks of being a Medify member. The community page looks a lot like a question and answer site. It is easy to manage and stay on top of updates. Use the Facebook, Twitter links to share the link to the page with friends and family. Alternatively, you can invite people by sending out regular email invitations too. You can post Twitter-like status updates to inform others about your progress or request help from the community.
In an era when people are cashing in on the app gold rush, it is laudable that the developers of Medify has focused on a worthy social cause. A noble goal combined with smart and snazzy design ensures that the benefits of the research are passed on to concerned people. Even with millions of documents to index, the web app executes and displays search results blazing fast.
You might not come across a better source that helps you quickly identify your options to research further or discuss with your physician and learn who you can contact who’s researching your condition or treatments. Medify is the one-stop shop for all your health concerns.
One thing that the developer team should focus is information overload. Currently everything seems be in place and users are not overwhelmed with data. Keeping it that way is going to the be key to their success.
Share Your Thoughts!
What do you think of Medify? Can it bring much needed awareness about medical conditions to mainstream population?