MedCalc 3000 is a unique computerized medical tool set that encompasses a wide array of pertinent medical formulae, clinical criteria sets, and decision tree analysis tools used everyday by...
MedCalc 3000 is a unique computerized medical tool set that encompasses a wide array of pertinent medical formulae, clinical criteria sets, and decision tree analysis tools used everyday by clinicians, medical educators, nurses, and healthcare students of all types.
With the growing emphasis on an application of Evidence-Based Medicine, there has never been a greater need for a system such as MedCalc 3000. Medical error detection and elimination are also hot topics in the new millennium. MedCalc 3000 can help in these areas as well.
When striving to practice, teach, and learn medicine based on solid, literature-based data, practitioners can be easily overwhelmed by the breadth of information that they must uncover and master. MedCalc 3000 helps simplify this task by assembling easy-to-use, interactive tools that facilitate the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine.
The MedCalc 3000 system has been under constant development and refinement since 1998 and is used around the world. Through academic collaborations, we have even created Japanese- and Spanish- language versions. Through collaboration with the Harvard Health System and the St. Francis Health System of Pittsburgh, we created the MedCalc Connect module that simplifies the process of interfacing the MedCalc 3000 equations into a hospital/lab information system. A summary of MedCalc 3000 and the MedCalc Connect feature is contained in the following abstract presented at the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), spring 2000.
The MedCalc 3000 CollaborationLouis Leff, MD, FACPDaniel Sands, MD, MPH
MedCalc 3000 has been accessed more than 17,000 times since it was made available in September 1999. It is currently used by clinicians more than 5,000 times each month. The growth and widespread use of MedCalc 3000 can be attributed to the collaborative effort of the APDIM listserv members. Many list members have contributed formulae and references to the project; many more list members from around the country have shared the project with their housestaff and students. Through this exciting collaboration, the MedCalc system will continue to grow and add functionality and capability.
A Very Popular Web Tool
The MedCalc 3000 website now receives thousands of hits a day, making it the most popular medical calculator system on the Internet. Most major Internet search engines will show the system as the number one search result returned for searches using the term “medical calculator.”
Handheld Versions of MedCalc 3000
A second handheld version is also available for use on cell phones using the iMode protocol popularized by NTT DoCoMo of Japan. To perform calculations on an iMode or similar Internet-ready phone, the user may connect to the system anywhere within his or her cellular coverage area. The iMode version relies on
Foundation Internet Services also maintains a series of user-friendly tutorials, installation tutorials, and usage guides for our handheld products. These can be found online and are available in print versions as well.
MedCalc 3000 Customized Installations
As a highly customizable system, MedCalc 3000 can be easily embedded in any Intranet or private network. Many hospitals, health systems, medical education programs, and other entities and institutions currently license the MedCalc 3000 system. Prominent installations include the US Army Medbase One system, the Beth Israel Deaconess Harvard Health System Hospital, The Canadian Center for Health Evidence/AMA Interactive Guide to the Medical Literature, and most recently, the ePocrates RxOnline
Due to popular international demand, and aided by international academic collaboration, the MedCalc 3000 system has been translated into both Spanish- and Japanese-language versions. A Russian version is also being considered. These are not simple or automated translations so commonly found on other Web pages. These translations are instead built directly into the MedCalc 3000 compiling engine and into all of the source files. This dedication to the accuracy of the translation has produced proper foreign versions that satisfy native speakers in every way.
Peer Review and Feedback
The system has a large following of Internet-savvy clinicians and educators who regularly provide important feedback, criticism, and suggestions for improvements. Equations, clinical criteria sets, and decision trees are constantly reviewed, updated, and expanded through open, Internet-based academic channels and peer review. Many of our users are leaders in the field of medical education. They often submit new references for new formulae and criteria sets and other tools and resources. Furthermore, they commonly recommend the system to their residents and students.
Into the Future
As medicine and the Internet become intertwined and symbiotic to an ever greater degree, tools such as MedCalc 3000 will come to occupy an even more prominent place in the physician’s armamentarium. Whether viewed in terms of its error-reducing potential, the self-evident benefits derived from decision- support tools that incorporate the latest peer-reviewed data from the literature, or the way in which it facilitates and fosters collaboration among far-flung colleagues to share and disseminate new information and formulae, MedCalc 3000 and other cutting-edge resources that fully maximize the medical Internet are clearly the standard bearers for the exciting possibilities offered by medicine in the 21st century.