HOUSTON, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today DocGraph publicly released Batea, a browser extension that tracks clinical reference URLs visited by medical students when they study. Batea was built by DocGraph with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Medical students across the country are encouraged to download the Batea extension for use on their personal computers. Browsing histories will be aggregated monthly and shared with WikiProject Medicine to help direct future improvements to Wikipedia medical articles.
According to a 2014 study, Wikipedia is the single leading source of medical information for patients and healthcare professionals. Wikipedia's 25,000 medical articles receive more than 200 million views per month and its 8,000 pharmacology articles receive more than 40 million views per month.
"Via Wikipedia a medical student could communicate with more patients in medical school than in an entire career as a practicing physician. With the Batea extension, the core community of medical editors will better understand how to improve Wikipedia's medical content," said James Heilman, MD, past President of Wiki Project Med Foundation.
Until now, Batea has been in private beta with medical students from UCSF and UT Houston.
"The Batea extension is a game-changer," said Michael Painter, Senior Program Officer at RWJF. "More complete and accurate Wikipedia medical articles mean millions of Americans benefit from a better health resource for years to come."
DocGraph (http://docgraph.com) is an organization that works to create, maintain, and improve open healthcare datasets. It aims to grow the open health data movement and build a community of data scientists, journalists, and clinical enterprises who use open data to understand and help evolve the healthcare system.