Patients with rare diseases and serious medical conditions finally have a search engine to guide them toward relevant specialists
Larkspur, Calif. (PRWEB) October 18, 2010
ApexMD, the first disease-specific search engine for finding and recommending specialist physicians, introduced today the addition of all US cancer specialists to their searchable physician database.
Specialties added today include hematology, oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric hematology-oncology, neuro-oncology, gynecologic oncology, orthopedic oncology, head and neck oncologic surgery, dermatologic surgery, neurosurgical oncology, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, urologic surgical oncology, thoracic surgical oncology, colon and rectal surgery and ocular oncology.
Some hematologists specialize in the care of patients with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. They are experts because they have spent years training in techniques and performing research dedicated to the treatment of these specific cancers. Similarly, there are breast cancer experts (breast surgeons, breast cancer oncologists and radiation oncologists), brain tumor specialists (neurosurgical oncologists and neuro-oncologists, stereotactic neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists), lung cancer specialists (thoracic cancer surgeons and thoracic oncologists) and so on. Patients, their advocates and referring physicians can now find those specialists at ApexMD.
Other common and frequently searched cancers, such as bladder cancer, colon and rectal cancer, endometrial cancer (uterine cancer), head and neck cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, melanoma, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, testicular cancer and thyroid cancer all have associated specialists who have spent years training in techniques and performing research dedicated to the treatment of these cancers. Finally, patients have access to this information at http://www.apexmd.com. This is made possible by a sophisticated physician profiling process developed by physicians at ApexMD.
ApexMD is dedicated to improving the cumbersome and disorganized process by which patients find specialists.
Since December, 2009, the ApexMD search engine has allowed users to search for and recommend physicians using any one of over 22,000 disease and procedure terms. Visitors to the site have been able to search for doctors at any one of the top ten US medical centers as determined annually by US News & World Report including at least one top medical center in each of 11 US geographical regions.
Now, ApexMD is embarking on an ambitious plan to add all US physician specialists in all 11 US geographical regions by specialty, subspecialty and area of concentration. Each physician profile at ApexMD has been built by physicians through a multi-step process that includes analysis of publicly available information on physician training and medical specialization. Each profile is then associated, to varying degrees, with hundreds or even thousands of diseases via the ApexMD proprietary medical algorithm.
Physicians can create a new profile or edit an existing profile by visiting http://www.apexmd.com and requesting login credentials.
“ApexMD gives patients and referring physicians a place to start when time is precious.” said Dr. Janeen Smith, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of ApexMD. “Other physician directories and ratings websites do not have information detailed enough to be of any practical use to patients who have been diagnosed with rare diseases or serious medical conditions.”
About ApexMD: Visit http://www.apexmd.com for more information.
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