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Medical Study Search Engine

Published 02/23/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Medify is a website dedicated to helping patients make better choices about medical procedures and treatments by obtaining valuable information beforehand. The site provides a search that spans a diverse collection of medical studies completed by thousands of physicians, researchers and medical institutions. The user can search using a keyword or the name of a condition, treatment or facility to get started. Results vary based on the type of information submitted. If the user submits a condition, the results will show the total number of related studies and patients, lists of potential treatments and institutions currently conducting research. When viewing study lists, the user can sort by the number of patients that participated. Study overviews also provide dates, who conducted the study and a brief description.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Medify has received plenty of positive attention because of its user friendly design and focus. Anyone can use the website to educate themselves on a disease or medical condition. Medify makes the information as accessible as possible. The Seattle-based team behind Medify was founded by Jay Bartot and Derek Streat. The website currently works through millions of medical studies to provide the user with information specific to their health situation.

What are the differences to other apps?

Medify stands in in its own league because of the way it obtains the information it shares with users. Many other medical websites provide a wealth of facts, tips and data however these generally come from the user community or individual articles submitted by medical professionals. Medify takes information from similar sources (mainly medical professionals and real patients) that is gathered through real health studies. The user can search for almost any known medical condition to learn more about it, how to treat it and who is currently researching it.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Medify combines the look of a professional medical website with the simplicity of a search engine. The user simply adds a condition, facility name or other health-related keyword and the site finds study results that match. The color scheme favors a trendy green that gives the design a calm yet refreshing feel. There is absolutely no clutter and the logo and info graphics used throughout add depth and visual appeal while highlighting information.

How does the registration process work?

Any visitor can search Medify however users are invited to sign up to take advantage of all available benefits. To get started, the user can click the dark green “Login or Sign Up” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The new account creation form appears in the right column on the next page. A blue “Connect with Facebook” button is also available for users who prefer to register that way. Those who complete the form are asked to supply a name, email address and password. The user is automatically signed in after successfully submitting the form.

What does it cost to use the application?

Medify is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees required to create an account. The user can search as often as they like and there are no limits placed on the data searched. The website does not offer a premium paid membership at this time. Users should note that Medify is still in beta. It is possible that a fee may be added later, although this is not indicated on the website.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Medify is an excellent resource for anyone who needs to obtain health condition information. The site is very easy to use and provides the user with a number of different details, including condition explanations, facility data and the number of patient’s studied. Although Medify is not a replacement for the attention and advice of a medical professional, it is a valuable tool for patients trying to understand a medical condition.

  • Account registration is available to all users for free
  • Users can sign up with a Facebook account
  • Medical conditions, facilities and treatments can be searched
  • Users can create and save private patient profiles
  • Binders let users store information to reference later

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