Patients with rare diseases and serious medical conditions finally have a search engine to guide them toward relevant specialists
Larkspur, CA (PRWEB) October 22, 2010
ApexMD, the first disease-specific search engine for finding and recommending specialist physicians, introduced today the addition of all US heart, blood vessel, brain, spinal cord and nerve specialists to its searchable physician database.
Specialties added today include cardiology, neurology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery and vascular surgery. Subspecialties and areas of concentration added today include cardiac electrophysiology, echocardiography, interventional cardiology, preventive cardiology, heart failure, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuromuscular medicine, neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis, pain medicine, sleep medicine, vascular neurology, heart-lung transplantation, thoracic cancer surgery, neurosurgical spine surgery, brain tumor neurosurgery, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery and cerebrovascular neurosurgery, among others.
Until now, detailed information about physician practices has been very difficult to obtain or understand by both laypersons and referring physicians. Patients, their advocates and referring physicians can now find these specialists at ApexMD. The user need only enter the condition or procedure of interest and the ApexMD search engine does the rest. This is made possible by a sophisticated physician profiling process developed by physicians at ApexMD.
Some cardiologists specialize in the care of patients with arrhythmias (heart rhythm disturbances) such as atrial fibrillation. Other cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are more relevant for patients with coronary artery disease. Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons and pediatric cardiologists are experts in congenital heart disease. Parkinson’s disease experts (neurologists and neurosurgeons) have special training in movement disorders. Stroke experts are vascular neurologists, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, some vascular surgeons and interventional neuroradiologists with advanced training and experience in cerebrovascular disease. These are examples of experts who have spent years training in techniques and performing research dedicated to the treatment of these specific conditions.
Other examples of neurological conditions searchable on ApexMD include ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, headache, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Tourette syndrome, autism and cerebral aneurysm. Searchable cardiovascular conditions include, but are not limited to hypertension, congestive heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, cardiomyopathy, heart block, ventricular tachycardia and valvular heart disease.
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.
“Most patients with rare diseases and serious medical conditions should see an expert, at least for a second opinion” 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 looking for specialty care.”
About ApexMD: Visit http://www.apexmd.com for more information.