E-SKOLAR: Stanford Launches Online Service for Doctors
Spurred by growing interest in "webucation," Stanford University plans to launch e-Skolar, a spinoff of the School of Medicine, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The online start-up company will allow doctors to quickly search several medical resources and also will award continuing education credits. E- Skolar will not accept advertising and users will be charged an annual fee of $240. "The thing that's distinct about e-Skolar is that it's not just about the university commercializing technology. It's actually a click-and-mortar play for the university on the Web," e-Skolar CEO Paul Lippe said. Ken Melmon, chief medical officer for e-Skolar and one of its founders, said he wanted to provide doctors with easy access to medical information and close the continuing education gap among physicians. According to Lippe, e-Skolar will function like any other start-up, although Stanford representatives will sit on the board of directors (Ackerman, 5/8).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.