Global medical Web search engine open to Pinoys

Business Mirror

Posted at Jul 06 2009 08:12 AM | Updated as of Jul 06 2009 04:12 PM

The Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) is urging all Filipino scientists to share their publication for a global medical search engine in the Web.

Dr. Jose Ma. Avila of Acta Me-dica Philippina said in a press briefing PNHRS is going to expand the scope of its new online library to Filipino scientists to publish researches on any topic that will interest the public.

“This online search engine called ‘pubmed,’ is an online national library for medicine… you could search on any researched topic or scholarly topic, scientific information on medicine,” Avila said in a press briefing at Pan Pacific Hotel, Manila.

The WPRO-Global Health Library portal ( is a joint collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Western Pacific Region Organization (WPRO) knowledge-management team and technical programs, country offices and national counterparts in the Western Pacific region.

The portal will serve as a “one-stop shop” for users which contain relevant information or “scholarly” researched information and several journals with different languages that could be accessed by clicking the respective national flags.

The journals include the Medical Research, Journal of Medical Informatics, Medical Heralds and Modern Doctors from different countries.

WHO-WPRO technical officer Charles Raby said the topic would be fully functional and uploaded in the database and hosted through the Institute of Medical Information, Chinese Academy of Medical Services server by the end of 2009.

“The web site is for all medical scientists and researchers from different countries,” Raby said in an interview.

The PNHRS announced recently that they are set to receive medical and health journal applications from interested Filipino scientists.

Raby said the journals should be about health and biomedical researches, should also have English abstracts and are regularly published at least once a year.

To date, there are 2,000 press journal or journal publishers in China, 700 in Japan, 150 in Korea and 14 in the Philippines.

Raby said they plan to expand to have 4,000 press journals by the end of this year. (S. Fabunan)