Joint Commission launches wiki

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 1, 2007

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The Joint Commission has becomes the latest group to launch a medical wiki.

The Web site, Wikihealthcare, was launched in June, but the commission waited until September to make a formal announcement of its launch. The commission says the wiki already has 1,100 users.

The commission said the site is intended for health care administrators, health care professionals and researchers.

A wiki is an open-source platform that allows collaborations, additions and edits from any user.

Wikihealthcare was funded, in part, through a grant from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

So far, there are only two topics on the site, one dealing with smoking-cessation programs, the other dealing with smoke-free hospital campuses.

The commission says it monitored use of the site through September and is expected to deliver a report on its use to its executive committee this month.

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