MEDBIQUITOUS RELEASES COMMUNITY SOFTWARE TAILORED FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICINE: XML-based System Lets Physicians Collaborate and Manage Website Content

Baltimore, Maryland, May 6, 2002. The MedBiquitous Consortium today announced the release of the MedBiquitous Community Code, the first such software offering tailored to professional medicine. MedBiquitous Community Code is an open source product offering that allows a group of professional medical societies to come together into an online community unified around a single specialty. These online groups offer physicians a place where they can discuss  clinical care, collaborate on official society business, and find the latest medical information.

The first phase of the software release will be a Beta product, which MedBiquitous developers will improve with the help of user feedback.

"The software release is part of a broader effort within MedBiquitous to create technology that brings physicians together in ways that will improve physician education and impact clinical care," said Peter Greene, M.D., the Consortium‚ Executive Director. "MedBiquitous Community Code paves the way for a number of advanced Web interactions between the most influential entities in professional medicine, the professional societies. Societies that use our software are poised to take advantage of opportunities like content syndication and sharing of educational resources," he said.

MedBiquitous Community Code includes several modules:

  • Member Management provides administrative tools for defining the societies and members that belong to the community.
  • Content Management streamlines the process for authoring, editing, and publishing web content.
  • Discussion Forums let members exchange ideas and information anytime, anywhere.

The software suite is structured around draft XML standards created by MedBiquitous working groups. The draft XML Member profile defines physician members of an online community and professional medical society. This standard will be a resource for facilitating the exchange of physician profile information. The Content Management module standardizes a number of common document types and uses the Consortium’s draft metadata standard. Metadata is descriptive information about a piece of content. Just as library catalogues with information about books help researchers locate relevant information, MedBiquitous metadata will help physicians locate the information they need quickly and easily.

Content built on a standard can be more easily exchanged with various partners, including other societies, government entities, and pharmaceutical and device companies, according to Greene. The software suite is comprised of 350,000 lines of code that Consortium members can use and change to suit their needs.

About The MedBiquitous Consortium

Founded by Johns Hopkins Medicine in partnership with professional medical societies, The MedBiquitous Consortium is a group of professional medical societies, industry, and government partners creating an advanced, secure, and affordable technology platform for vibrant online medical communities. Members include Council of Medical Specialty Societies, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Vascular Surgery/Society for Vascular Surgery, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Radiology, American College of Surgeons, American Head and Neck Society, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, AstraZeneca, Aventis, CTSNet, European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery, International Council of Ophthalmology, Johnson & Johnson, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, National Library of Medicine, Pfizer, Society for Critical Care Medicine, and UNITAR. The mission of the Consortium is to develop Internet technologies for global physician communities that facilitate professional collaboration, enhance physician expertise, and raise the level of patient care. Technical guidance for creating these technologies is being provided by IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Rational Software.

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BIOGRAPHY

Peter Greene, M.D.

Peter Greene is associate dean for emerging technologies at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Greene also is the executive editor and key architect of CTSNet, the online community of 40 professional cardiothoracic surgery societies. He has more than 15 years of experience in information technology using a variety of medical applications in parallel to a clinical career. Greene received his M.D. from Yale Medical School. He had an important role in founding the MedBiquitous Consortium and serves as the Consortium’s executive director.

For further information, visit the MedBiquitous Consortium Web site at http://www.medbiq.org/ or contact Valerie Smothers at 410-385-2367 ext. 131