The Salupedia project was approved by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce (MITYC) during a meeting of the Avanza Plan for Digital Content 2007-08, and concerns a project for the creation of a web platform directed to the user, in which the quality and truthworthiness of the content has been accredited by a social network of healthcare professionals: doctors, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, physiotherapists, orthodontologists, etc. On the 1st January 2010 over a million hits were recorded, and 400 users had been registered. 

Among the project aims the following stand out: 

  • To offer secure access to trustworthy healthcare information on the net.
  • To create a community of users where the professionals (doctors, nurses, psychologists ..) can recommend content already on the net, to patients, family members and users in general, thereby enriching said content with their recommendations and comments.
  • To serve companies and professionals within the ICT, and generate the necessary knowledge for the planning and marketing of new services and products, based on the emerging reality of web version 2.0.

The project provides an invaluable tool to healthcare professionals recommending health information, as well as to patients, family members and the user in general, for whom Salupedia is a trustworthy and useful place for finding quality information on the net. The user has access to trustworthy information on health matters, recommended by professionals. The professional, in the same way, has access to a secure platform where he can interact with his patients and supply them with information. 

Salupedia is, therefore, a proper medical encyclopedia which collects, classifies and organises the best health information contained on the net, backed up by a community of professionals and citizens whose varying roles and activities validate and enrich the said information. Salupedia has been directed by the ITACA-TSB Institute and carried out by TSB Technologies. 

The project has received the backing of relevant organisations such as the Spanish Paediatric Association (AEP), the Argentinian Medical Association, the Spanish Society for Family and Community Medicine (Semfyc), as well as the Spanish Federation for Strange Diseases (FEDER) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

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