Virtual Medical, Science, and Research Center

It seems to be getting harder and harder to get good, affordable medical in the United States, and throughout the world. As costs go up and access goes down, and as experiments in government-directed medical care fall short across the globe, health care is returning to what it has been for thousands of years. The family, the church, and the community have always been, and continue to be, the primary providers of health care in every society, including the most developed Western ones. Today more health care is done at home than in the hallowed halls of hospitals, even in America.

This development is as it should be. Whenever possible, care at home is better for the patient, for the family, and for society. Home care is more personal, more effective, and less costly for all but the sickest patients. Increasingly procedures that required days filling a hospital bed are done as an outpatient, with the majority of postoperative care and rehabilitation being provided at home. Uncomplicated childbirth is ideal for home care, just as women have been delivering babies at home for millennia. In many cases, especially in the developing world, reliable health care is hard to find.

However medicine is complex and can be intimidating for even the most seasoned family. Even medical professionals admit their limitations when it comes to medicine. To help individuals, families, churches and communities be better able to take care of their own, we have instituted the Virtual Medical Center. This is intended to be a one-stop shop for readers to get reliable information how to take care of themselves and their loved ones. It is also intended to help medical professionals, administrators and public health professionals find the information that they need to better care for the precious patients and families entrusted to them.

Dr. Harris’ Patient Resources

1.      Immunization Schedule – Birth to Six Years

2.      Immunization Schedule – 7-18 Years

3.      Immunization Schedule – Adult

4.      Mental Health – Context of Care and Recovery

5.      Sports Medicine Exercises

6.      Sample Sleep Diary for Patients with Insomnia

General Patient resources

  1. Cleveland Clinic – One of America’s leading health care systems
  2. Family Doctor – Top quality patient education from the American Academy of Family Physicians
  3. Geisinger – One of America’s leading health care systems
  4. Hospital Compare – A US Government site featuring hospital comparisons
  5. Mayo clinic – One of America’s leading health care systems
  6. Micheli Center – Sports Injury Prevention

Direct care staff resources

  1. Audio Digest Foundation – medical education audio programs
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – USA
  3. CDC Travelers Health – Health resources for travelers
  4. Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
  5. Cochrane – Evidence-based review
  6. Essential Evidence Plus – point of care clinical decision recommendations
  7. MyAthens – medical study databases including Ovid, PubMed and Lexi-Comp
  8. National Medical Practice Guidelines
  9. Pubmed – Articles from the National Library of Medicine
  10. Stat!Ref – Medical information and calculators
  11. Up to Date – Evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical decision support tool
  12. Radiopedia – Radiology information for physicians
  13. VA DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines – Evidence based guidelines to improve patient care, and save money.

Administrator resources  

  1. Commonwealth Fund – Health Care data
  2. Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care – Population based data about health care
  3. Institute of Medicine
  4. Joint Commission – Healthcare organization accreditation
  5. Military Health System
  6. National Quality Forum – Quality
  7. Trust for America’s Health

Medical Groups (Clinical)

  1. American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine – Beauty and fitness
  2. American Academy of Family Physicians
  3. American College of Sports Medicine
  4. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  5. AMSUS – Society of Federal Health Care Professionals
  6. International Society for Infectious Disease (ProMed)
  7. International Society of Toxinology – Information on Toxins and Antitoxins
  8. National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  9. Performing Arts Medicine Association
  10. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society – Dive
  11. Wilderness Medical Society

Public Health

  1. Aerospace Medical Association
  2. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – CDC
  3. American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
  4. American College of Preventive Medicine
  5. American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  6. Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center
  7. Bread for the World – International Faith-Based Institute opposing hunger
  8. CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases
  9. CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
  10. Human Performance Resource Center
  11. Immunization Health Care Branch – Defense Health Agency
  12. National Association of Community Health Centers
  13. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  14. OSHA Training – Outreach Training Program (online) and Training Institute (classroom)
  15. OSHA Introduction
  16. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Building health worldwide
  17. Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
  18. US Army Public Health Center
  19. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
  20. World Health Organization
  21. World Organization for Animal Health

Personal and Team Preparation for Medical and Humanitarian Response

It is not enough to know about emergencies and other needs throughout the world; we must act to help others and our world. In many cases, we must go. Following are some web sites to help responders prepare:

  1. Better Braces – Musculoskeletal injury treatment and prevention
  2. Blessings International – To purchase low cost medicines for medical humanitarian efforts.
  3. Brother’s Brother Foundation – Medical and Humanitarian supplies
  4. Vision Screening – Eyedocinabox – I-Test Vision Screener
  5. Gallagher Charitable Insurance – Insurance for overseas missions, including malpractice
  6. MAP International – Purchase medications and other supplies

For more information on what you can do to intervene in events and issues throughout your community and the world, please read How Ordinary People Can Contribute to Extraordinary Change. When you plan to go yourself, review Medical Preparation for Humanitarian Missions to help you prepare well.

While nothing here can substitute for a visit with a trained medical professional, the resources herein can help patients, providers, leaders, and the preventive medicine professionals take better care of themselves and those around them.


Virtual Science, Research, and Writing Center

Data Gathering and Analysis Tools

  1. Atlas Ti – Qualitative data analysis
  2. Survey monkey
  3. Client Heartbeat – analysis intensive survey creation
  4. SPSS – Quantitative data analysis
  5. Stata – Quantitative data analysis

General Keyword Search Engines

  1. Carrot2 – Clustering search engine
  2. Cite Seer X – Academic search engine
  3. Google Scholar
  4. Microsoft Academic Search

Metadata Search Engines – EBSCO Information Services

Medical and Public Health Research        

  1. National Library of Medicine (PUBMED)
  2. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
  3. National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research (NCCSIR)
  4. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
  5. National (Hospital) Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS/NHAMCS)

General Research Sites

  1. Correlates of War – Military history and armed conflict databases
  2. Digital Public Library of America
  3. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  4. Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR)
  5. International Government Information Site
  6. Open Library – Books
  7. Open Library of Humanities
  8. Project Gutenberg – free electronic books
  9. Public Library of Science (PLOS)
  10. Statistics Portal
  11. Uppsala Conflict Data Program – conflict and war databases
  12. US Census Bureau Factfinder
  13. US Consumer Product Safety Commission

School Evaluations and Online Courses

  1. Coursera – University Level On-Line Courses
  2. Greatschools
  3. Schooldigger

Science Sites

  1. Federation of American Scientists
  2. NASA Eclipse Website  
  3. National Science Foundation

Writing Help Sites

  1. Dictionary – get the right definition
  2. eTurabian – helps you get your notes and bibliography in the Turabian style.
  3. Readability Score – what grade level is your writing? How easy is it to read?
  4. Thesaurus – find the right word
  5. Write Express – Rhyming dictionary
  6. Writer’s Diet Test – place some writing in this website and it will analyze it.

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