"Lots of Links" to other medical sites of interest

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This page contains pointers to internet resources in the following categories:

  1. Good patient information sites
  2. The reference shelf: special topics
  3. Medical Universities
  4. Government
  5. Medical Organizations
  6. Commercial and other Medical Sites
  7. Medical News and Journals
  8. Continuing Medical Education
  9. Patient information
  10. Quality in Medicine
  11. Computers in Medicine topics
  12. Cool Stuff: maybe medical, maybe not
  13. Links to Links: These sites maintain large lists of medical internet sites

Browsing tip: This page is getting lengthy. Choose from the above categories to see sites organized by type of organization OR, use your browser to search for a topic by keyword such as "braille" or "library." For example, Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Navigator have the Edit selection on the menu bar at the top of the screen, under which the Find function is located.


Patient information sites:

Medline Plus
Women's Health at answers.com
children's health
Baby Center

The reference shelf: special topics

Tennessee Communicable Disease database
Genetics Database
NIH genetics site
National Guidelines Clearinghouse
Guidelines International Network
Derm Net
Dermatologoy Information System
DermNet of New Zealand
Pathology Lab
Lieberman's Radiology
UAB Pathology Education Instructional Resource
Asthma Information Center, by the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) has clinical guidelines and physician resources for treating asthma. Checked 7/97
The Basics of MRI
by Joseph P. Hornak, Ph.D. is an excellent online textbook on Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Checked 7/99
The Whole Brain Atlas
compilation of imaging of the brain in normal and disease states, from Harvard Medical School.
HIV insite, UCSF's excellent resource for HIV and AIDS. checked 7/97
CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse Web Server checked 8/97
CDC AIDS statistics is a Java application that draws graphs of AIDS statistics. Checked 8/97
Shoreland's Travel Health Online
Centers For Disease Control
Cancer News on the Net is authored by Editor:Richard K. J. Brown, M.D., a radiation oncologist.
Cancernet: The Internet has been especially useful to me in obtaining authoritative information on various cancers. Cancernet has the National Institutes of Health's PDQ documents. Some are written to answer the patients' questions about their situation, and others give the doctors data for staging, prognosis and both standard and experimental treatment options. Another site, oncolink has a large repository of oncology information maintained by the University of Pennsylvania. CancerFacts.Com has an association with PDR, showing drug info, cancer trials, etc.
Online Mendelian Inheritence in Man
On-line Mendelian Inheritance in Man is the US National Center for Biotechnical Information's website for searching a large database of genetic diseases and syndromes.
The Genome Project allows searching for segments of the human genome.
Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics: full text! checked 4/98
Mental Health
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has a website with fact sheets and help for psychological illnesses. checked 10/97
The American Psychiatric Association has a site with "Let's Talk Facts" brochures on many illnesses in their Public Info section. checked 11/97
Internet Mental Health (www.mentalhealth.com) copyright © 1995-1997 by Phillip W. Long, M.D. , a Canadian psychiatrist. checked 8/97

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is an agency of the Public Health Service, with web access at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/. Also see http://1sthealthinsurancequotes.com/toxic-substances.html (thank you Ashley Hazelton). The Toxicology Treatment Program (TTP), a regional toxicology treatment center located at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hosts a toxicology site called the Medical, Clinical & Occupational Toxicology Resource Home Page, but has mostly e-mail lists for toxocologists, etc, more than info on particular substances. checked 4/96

Medical Universities

Harvard's Whole Brain Atlas Cases
featuring Java applet that shows images from case files
Emory University Medical library's site for biomedical internet resources {good for extensive links - checked 8/97} This includes meta-links to hundreds of electronic journals. Another place to link to e-journals is Digital Library of the University of California S.F. checked 8/97
The University of California at Irving
held a collection of computer programs for medical uses, including my DOS program for parasite differential diagnosis. They could be downloaded by ftp, whether or not you use a Web Browser. At last check, though, the UCI software server was not available, but had other links. The software was also available from Brazilian Internet Network Information Center for Medicine and Health. checked 8/97
University of Alabama at Birmingham's Pediatrics information page. Checked 5/96
syllabus of otolaryngology
at the Baylor College of Medicine ENT department. Checked 4/96
Digital Anatomist
from University of Washington in Seattle
University of Pennsylvania
has a good cancer information site called oncolink. Checked 11/96
Center for Biomedical Informatics
from University of Campinas, Brazil


National Guideline Clearinghouse
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The government's (Dept HHS) gateway to searching the Internet for health-related information, geared for the layperson. checked 7/97
National Library of Medicine
National Center for Biotechnology Information
The home page, Hyperdoc, has access to Health Services /Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT), including Clinical Guidelines of Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Consensus statements by NIH, and Reports of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
***NEW SERVICE: NLM now offers Grateful Med over the internet, and it's better than ever. Grateful Med software for direct dial-up already allowed searching Medline and other NLM databases with correct MeSH terms and qualifiers. Internet Grateful Med offers, in addition, links to their metathesaurus with definitions of search terms. You must set up a billing account. Defining the search using web pages is a little more confusing and involved than the standard Grateful Med form, and necessitates a little, but not much, waiting from one page to the next.
National Institutes of Health. An especially useful site is Cancernet. checked 11/96
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is an agency of the Public Health Service, in the Department of Health and Human Services. Among copious public health information is found the contents of the "yellow book" of travel health information that health departments refer to and the "blue sheet" of constantly updated vaccine requirements. Also includes toxic substance info at ATSDR. Many of CDC's large databases can be accessed and search through their WONDER program. WONDER also holds CDC's prevention guidelines. checked 4/98
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The federal Health Care Financing Administration, in charge of Medicare, Medicaid and CLIA
I searched this database 11/96 to find what OSHA requires regarding tuberculosis testing among medical office workers.
U.S. Code
Has the whole United States federal law. Bills are at Thomas, Code of Federal Regulations at cfr, and proposed bills at Superintendent of Documents. Activity at the House of Representatives is at House Page
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
You can telnet to the U.S. Government bulletin board service (bbs), called Fedworld (by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). It includes, through the HEALTH option, links to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) bbs as well as several other health-related agencies.
Virginia Laws Relating to Medicine
by the Department of Health Professions
Virginia Medicaid
DMAS, the Department of Medical Assistance Services, has their provider manual and information on applying for Medicaid online. Checked 12/96

Medical Organizations

Southern Medical Association
has a web page with information about itself. SMA is a premier provider of medical educational resources. checked 4/96
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Medical Association
The American College of Physicians
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Diabetes Association
information service of the Tennessee Medical Association checked 4/96
The Osler Page
Cardiology link which includes pointer to American Heart Association Press releases. checked 4/96
Arthritis Foundation
The Immnuization Action Coalition
and the Hepatitis B Coalition has immunization materials for free download or low cost mailing that help in keeping patients vaccinated. checked 2/97
an e-mailing list by the PRogram for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, sponsored by the Federation of American Scientises. checked 8/97.
The United Kingdom's starting point for biomedical research on the Web. Checked 5/97
American Academy of Opthalmology
Eyenet link, at http://www.eyenet.org, has resources for the blind, including where to find braille.
checked 4/96
A Healthcare ministry of the Methodist Church of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.

Commercial and Other Medical Sites

Interfaith Health Practices
The International Network for Interfaith Health Practhices is a part of the Carter Center in Atlanta, directed by Dr. Foege, past director of the CDC. It contains many pointers to other parts of the Internet for preventive medicine and public health topics. Also see Interhealth.
The Merck Manual
is online. checked 9/97
Physicians Online
provides an alternative access to online medical information, with its own proprietary software (that crashes a lot). checked 9/97
MD Consult
a "for pay" service that provides full text to some journals, reference books, patient handouts, drug info and guidelines for $35 per month. Checked 4/98
Physician PRN
A site for doctors, sponsored by Schering. It seems to be mostly links to elsewhere, but allows you to order patient care resources from them for free. checked 4/98
MedEc Interactive
A valuable site with resources similar to those of Physicians On-Line, including PDR, FDA bulletins, e-mail, CME and forums. Checked 1/00. Must be a physician to register, but usage is free. Good for drug info.
Pharmaceutical Information Network
Drug information, especially what is found on the Internet, is found at the Home Page.
Worldwide Healthcare Forums
is a bulletin board - type of site that allows discussions on various healthcare topics. By the Reuter's group. Checked 7/97.
Artcana Medical Graphics
sample of clipart collection they sell for $100
a Hematology resource from Carden Jennings Publishing Co. Ltd. that claims to be the best. checked 3/97
HealthGate Data Corp
A private company built to perform biomedical searches for a fee (e.g. $14.95/mo) , though other services are available, too. {should be good for searches - advanced searching software used - checked 4/96}
US Healthcare
organized by the US Healthcare HMO, and includes cartoons.
an online resource from Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, for Healthcare Education Learning & Information Exchange, including CME
Sponsored by Stanford University Medical Center, and includes a link to their medical library. Geared toward public use. checked 11/96
An organization that sells advice regarding physicians' compliance with OSHA, CLIA, and other regulations. Has links to OSHA and other organizations for more information. Checked 1/97
The WHO has a statement on current epidemic of AIDS.
checked 2/97
Internet Guidefor the Health Professional
checked 4/96
site with up-to-date news. checked 7/99

Medical News and Journals

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
from the CDC is available from this WWW site as well as from ftp.cdc.gov, and an alternate site, http://www.crawford.com/cdc/mmwr/mmwr.html. Note the documents are in .pdf format, which requires the Adobe Acrobat software to read. checked 4/96
electronic BMJ
The British Medical Journal, with full text articles and search engines for other online journals! checked 4/98
is like a journal club with many full-text articles. Abstracts are free, text may cost money. checked 12/99
By the publishers of The Medical Tribune, this is a fun site to browse for news articles of current interest, "bug of the month" quizzes and infectious disease information.
Reuters Health News
A good site for breaking health-related news, but requires $69 subscription. Checked 9/97
Physician's Weekly
A medical electronic news magazine. Checked 9/97
The place to look for medical journals that have published information on the Internet. Checked 9/97
JAMA and AMA Archives journals
includes parts of the recent issues, sometimes abstracts, sometimes full-text. Also has American Medical News newspaper.
Look for latest medical news in the lay press at Your Health Daily
run by the New York Times Syndicate. checked 4/96. They have a related site, The Medical Tribune, checked 10/97.
This medical magazine has its articles online on the Web. checked 11/97. Editor Joel R. Cooper recommends a site called Resources For Primary Care Physicians

Continuing Medical Education

The interactive patient at Marshall University School of Medicine is a truely unique Interactive World Wide Web Program that allows the user to simulate an actual patient encounter. Since it is graphics intensive, it requires a fast connection or patience or both. (one case, offers cme for $15 if desired. Checked 4/96)

The Virtual Hospital at University of Iowa has CME opportunities.

The National Institutes of Health offers CME on two of their Consensus Development Conferences: Ovarian cancer and Calcium intake.

*** Good teaching collection of Pediatric Emergency X-ray cases by WWW. . This is plain old good quality medical education. Clinical cases are presented with the x-rays, followed by a discussion on x-ray findings/signs and approach to pediatric emergencies. Dr. Yamamoto started this series a few years ago when the files had to be compressed and downloaded by ftp. They have been adding cases ever since. You can also mail two diskettes for each of five volumes with a self-addressed return envelope to: Loren Yamamoto, M.D, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, 1319 Punahou St., #718, Honolulu, HI 96826. Checked 6/99.

Lead Toxicity site offers CME created by University of Chicago Computing and the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (PHS).

Patient Information

A general page of health information for patients
This was suggested by students at Valley Charter School
Health Answers
Has disease-specific information for patients
Monash Patient Information Sheets
from John Murtagh, at Nonash University, Melbourne, Australia. Exellent collection of helpful handouts, some by himself, some from medical organizations. Best of all, the site can be downloaded in a single large file and browsed offline in your office. Checked 11/98
Drug Information Database
sponsored by Stayhealthy.com, has good medispan patient information handouts on drugs. checked 7/99

Quality in Medicine

Quality management tools, and source of free online comparative quality data on hospitals. Checked 3/00
Community Health Information Resources
sponsored by Foundation for Health Care Quality, includes CHINS and quality measurement stuff. Checked 9/1/96
Clinical Practice Guidelines
An index to online guidelines resources
COmputerized Needs-oriented QUality Measurement Evaluation SysTem, supported by the government

HCIA, a health care information company that sells services, primarily regarding hospitalizations, has a web page.

***NCQA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance has a useful web site. This organization accredits managed care organizations voluntarily. - 2/96

JCAHO (the Joint Commission) has domain JCAHO.ORG, but it is not accessible to the public as far as I can tell - 2/96

A mailing list called health-pro promotes Foresighted Practice Guidelines (FPGs) that fit the Standard Practice Guideline Format. These FPGs are used at the point of care. To subscribe, simply send email to listserv@netcom.com with the simple message: subscribe health-pro

Caution: if you send the mail by choosing the email to listserve@netcom.com option above, be sure the Web browser you use is set to give the return address you want to recieve the list messages. If not sure, use your usual e-mail client to send the request. The list server detects your return address in order to make the subscription.

The Clinical Guidelines of the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) are available from National Library of Medicine.

Computers in Medicine topics

Standards and Interoperability
Electronic Medical Records Evaluationns
Medical Records Institute
An organization in Newton, MA for "shaping the world of electronic health records" They sponsor a conference on Toward and Electronic Patient Record.
The Good Electronic Medical Record
The Good Electronic Health Record (GEHR), a major part of the work of the openEHR Foundation, is an evolving electronic health record architecture designed to be comprehensive, portable and medico-legally robust.
The Littlefish Project
To create a user friendly patient information and recall system on an open source basis with the focus on use by community based primary health care health organisations in the developing world or remote and rural areas or areas of need.
Free Javascript insertions for your website
Health Level 7 - standards for communicating medical information

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