There are those wondrous moments when we, for example, stare at the moon and say:
“Wow, we actually sent people to the moon?! How did we do that?”
At Doctorpedia, we have momentarily paused for the briefest of moments to share with you that since we last updated you 6 months ago, we’ve gone live with 1,924 condition-specific websites.
Each one doctor-vetted and each one offering helpful resources and services for every health and medical condition and topic. Each one a ‘pedia’.
Whether a person is seeking a doctor, an organization, an app, or a product, there are now thousands of trustworthy and immersive Doctorpedia websites to explore.
This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!
How does a company jump so quickly from 10 websites to thousands of websites while ensuring the brand promise of doctor-vetted, trustworthy and useful content?
Let me take you through the last 6 months and explain.
How Did We Get Here?
Firstly, let me be clear what these websites are not. We have two sides to our vision; one is thousands of bite-size videos featuring top specialists and the other is the curated resources and services. It is the proximity between this urgent information and these ‘next steps’ that we’ve explained is our magic.
To be clear, most digital health companies focus solely on health information. While this is obviously extremely important and it is one of Doctorpedia’s core areas of focus to bring trustworthy health information to the people, this leaves out the important next step in an individual’s health journey.
Over the last few years our production teams have produced thousands of bite size videos. These new websites feature the other side of the coin.
Doctorpedia has built a discovery platform with thousands of doctor-vetted resources to help patients take the next step in their health journeys. These resources include mobile apps, books, organizations, products, supplements, and websites.
In fact we’ve designed and developed these sites as a puzzle so we can continue to add the multi-faceted pieces that make up the Doctorpedia experience. And the truth is that these websites have taken many years to build. Our research teams scoured the Internet and found the top available resources for each condition and topic. Our doctor reviewers went through that list and identified all of the resources that they deemed safe and reliable for users.
That is how we built the world’s most exhaustive database of doctor-reviewed health resources. That is how we are now the largest network of health websites in the world.
The real magic, however, is in the technology. It may have been decades since the first human stepped foot on the moon but the systems and processes that allow for what we’ve built would not have been possible as recently as 5 years ago.
In short, the entire network of websites is all linked and on ONE backend. That means that we have 1,924 websites with ONE dashboard.
This allows for the best of both worlds: we can offer users the most customized and immersive of experiences (the research suggests that many would rather go to a condition-specific site like Diabetespedia with curated resources and leading experts all focused on diabetes than go to one page on a giant website) and at the same time, we can keep the brand and content uniform in our high standard of quality across the whole platform.
In addition to the resource links, let’s break down some of the key features of these sites:
Mobile apps help us manage every aspect of our lives and our health and wellness is no exception. Whether you have a chronic condition that requires constant management or just need some help managing diet or stress, you can utilize apps to keep you on track and healthy. Each of our websites features links to doctor-approved mobile apps that can help you deal with the specific condition or topic. On the front page of every site is a slider with our “Featured Apps” and users can find the rest of the apps on the inside page.
There are many excellent non-profit institutions and organizations made up of passionate people working hard to advance research and raise awareness for specific conditions. Doctorpedia websites contain links to these resources so that users can get involved and learn more. The front page of every site has three “Featured Organizations” and then users can find more on the inside pages.
There are many sources of health information available online and just as people seek second opinions from doctors, they also look for additional information about conditions or topics. This is why we curate informational and educational resources so that users know which ones have trustworthy content.
Supplements are a hot topic and many people use them to manage their health and wellness, especially when they can’t find important nutrients in their diets. For conditions where they can help, we feature doctor-approved supplements that can help prevent or alleviate symptoms associated with the condition.
With so many health conditions, people search online desperately seeking a product to help alleviate symptoms – but how do they know what to trust. Our websites feature doctor-approved products that users can find and try themselves.
Even though Doctorpedia helps boil down complex topics into bite-sized chunks of information, we know that some people want to go in depth and explore more about a condition or topic. That’s why we curate books for each of our sites.
Condition Experts Map
Another exciting feature on our websites is a map of condition-specific experts. These include various types of doctors including general practitioners, dentists, psychiatrists, and alternative and complementary care specialists – depending on the nature of the condition or health topic.
We are currently building exciting features that doctors will be able to use to make a dynamic and user-friendly profile and will share our plans in a future post.
While these light sites are built around specific health conditions or topics, we know that people have a wide range of health and wellness needs. This is why we have added a search bar to each one of our light sites where users can find doctor-approved videos, articles, and resources to help them manage any related health or wellness issue.
With just a click of the button, users can enter in a condition, topic, or keyword and find all of the relevant content across the entire Doctorpedia network of websites. They will then be able to find that resource on its condition website (either a full or light site) with related information and resources.
At the end of the day, we hope to build websites that actually help people manage their health and wellness goals. This is why we work with patients and doctors at every stage of development and encourage users to get involved and make recommendations for resources. After all, patients and doctors are the ones who actually have firsthand knowledge when it comes to what helps and what doesn’t.
Users can enter their information and recommend a product or service or become a reviewer to help us vet and provide context for the resources that we feature on the site.
We love to hear from our users and encourage feedback and suggestions from anyone and everyone.
What we’ve uploaded so far is just the start. We will continue to add thousands of videos, reviews, doctors, and more. We think space missions are super cool but we love our mission of helping provide the best health and wellness resources for everyone and are looking forward to providing updates and developments in the future as we continue to progress.
Jeremy founded Doctorpedia when he searched and found a healthcare information landscape filled with misdiagnoses, misinformation, and dense, incomprehensible articles. He saw potential for a credible online health information platform delivered by real doctors. He has assembled a team of hardworking professionals from the healthcare, tech, and media industries to create a network of condition-specific websites with engaging and informative doctor-led video and written content.