Docphin Begins National Expansion and Announces a New Collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges

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Docphin, an online platform for healthcare providers to personalize and share medical news and research, closed its public beta site and today begins its national expansion to 13 academic medical centers with an enhanced HTML5 platform. They are also announcing a new collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to feature content from MedEdPORTAL.

Docphin, an online platform for healthcare providers to personalize and share medical news and research, closed its public beta site and today begins its national expansion to 13 academic medical centers with an enhanced HTML5 platform. They are also announcing a new collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to feature content from MedEdPORTAL.

The site was initially launched in Beta on November 14, 2011 at the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and University of California-San Diego. At that time it was open to the public with limited access, but now will only be available to selected institutions with free full-text access to journal articles. While the site was initially targeted to internal medicine residents, it quickly spread by word of mouth and Docphin’s user base became evenly split between practicing physicians, residents, and medical students. Soon after its launch, Docphin was selected to be in the Members Program of Rock Health. In response to user feedback and strong demand for a mobile version, development of an iPhone App was announced at the Health Innovation Summit on January 20, 2012 and will be released this summer. Docphin was recently selected as one of 9 new life-saving technologies for Doctors by PC Magazine.

Through a new collaboration with the AAMC, Docphin will feature content from MedEdPORTAL, an open education resource and publication service with over 2,000 peer- reviewed educational resources that span the continuum of medical and dental education. These resources will help to further Docphin’s efforts to improve medical education. The two organizations are looking into opportunities for further collaboration.

Docphin has transitioned to a new platform that provides improved engagement with content by redesigning the site using HTML5. They have released several new features including a section called “Trending” that lets users see how others are reading, sharing, and discussing articles while maintaining user privacy. They have created a “Search” page lets users filter content from Docphin’s journals and news sources, clinical practice guidelines, general news, medical images and video. Docphin will also start a free service that sends users personalized emails with direct links to articles based on user preferences and interests.

Docphin will be providing new product and partnership updates in the coming months. They are not sharing details but plan to broaden their focus to health care providers in more specialties, expand their presence through mobile applications, and to release an enterprise solution for health systems.

Docphin is now available to all members at the following institutions: Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, New York University, Stanford University, University of California-San Diego, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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