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Point-of-Care Information in Open Access: A Time to Sow?

In this month's Editorial, the PLOS Medicine Editors elaborate on the global benefits of, and practical challenges to, open access, point-of-care medical resources. Calling on communities of clinical experts to maintain such information at the high level of quality that patient care demands, the Editors "encourage those who feel inspired by the potential scope and benefits of such a project to join forces in building it."

The Editorial accompanies a new Essay by James Heilman, an Emergency Department physician at the University of British Columbia and a leading editor of medical content on Wikipedia. Heilman argues that with engagement of donors, crowdsourcing and technology, the medical publishing community could create an open-access, point-of-care resource of use to a broad professional audience.

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