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3,000 new users for SearchMedica

SearchMedica, the new GP search engine, has attracted 3,000 new GP users this week, boosting the total so far to more than 12,000.

The latest figures show that popularity of SearchMedica – unveiled to the profession in Pulse last week – is growing rapidly, with more than 50,000 searches already carried out.

SearchMedica was launched to cater for demand from GPs for an internet search facility that cuts out irrelevant results. It was created in close collaboration with GPs and will be continually developed with intensive input from the profession.

Response from GPs has been highly positive with users

taking full advantage of SearchMedica's many ways to have a say on search quality and design. GP Dr David Jobson said: 'It seems to fill a much-needed gap. It gives answers very quickly from reliable sites.'

More than 500 GPs have taken the opportunity to vote on search results – with more than 70 per cent of them saying the results are helpful. And many GPs are getting in touch suggesting websites that they would like to see included in SearchMedica results.

Membership of SearchMedica's superuser group has reached 310, as GPs join up to help shape the future of GP search and get first sight of the latest features.

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