CMEPEDIA’s story began in 2014. Initially, Emma Van Hoecke, the founder of CMEPEDIA, aimed to compile a register of Indian medical professionals with professional credentials similar to their European counterparts. Finding super-specialists in India with impressive clinical knowledge and skills was easy. However, it was difficult to find medical professionals with a ready-made portfolio of their continuing medical education (CME). This may be because there is a shortage of quality-controlled independent educational modules in India. In addition, there is no tax or employment benefit to recover the professional expenses incurred on CME.
This prompted Emma to start CMEPEDIA to allow her colleagues in the developing world to have equal access to medical knowledge as their counterparts in the developed world and to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses and administrative burden.
CMEPEDIA launched a static internet site to announce this concept in November 2014.
The concept was announced at the Regional Congress of the Word Psychiatric Association (WPA) in Cochin in September 2015, at the first International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare Asia in Hong Kong in September 2015, and at the Fifth International Patient Safety Congress in Bengaluru in October 2015.
From October 2015 onwards, Emma started collaborating with Briskon Technologies to design this project.
In February 2018, CC Avenue agreed to become CMEPEDIA's payment gateway.
From 2018 to 2023, all resources were directed to develop a unique platform where all stakeholders can collaborate seamlessly. The platform was made accessible to dentists and nurses. A webinar flow was added to ensure the reliable certification of all participants.
In March 2019 the Karnataka Medical Council signed up with us and promised us support for a national rollout of our platform. CMEPEDIA was well received at the International Patient Safety Congress in Delhi on the 13th of February, 2023.
CMEPEDIA is inviting international CE providers to distribute content through its database. CMEPEDIA is contacting internationally accrediting bodies, content providers and professional bodies of all types of healthcare professionals. Social media is being used to increase awareness.
Emma Van Hoecke
Emma Van Hoecke is the founder of CMEPEDIA.
"Doing good is just not good enough. It needs to be done better."
Emma is a consultant psychiatrist with over 20 years of clinical experience in five different countries, across continents.
CMEPEDIA is a host tree for all healthcare professionals to nurture their knowledge for free or at affordable rates, so that they can branch out in any direction. Just as a fig tree starts its life as an epiphyte, growing in the cracks and crevices of the mighty banyan tree to draw sustenance, so does CMEPEDIA draw from the vast body of knowledge already available with developed countries to support healthcare professionals by providing them with information complementary to their body of knowledge.
Aim, Align, Achieve
Briskon is CMEPEDIA’s development partner.
Founded in 2005, Briskon is a software development, digital marketing, mobile apps development and complete web solution company operating from Bangalore, India and Dallas, Texas, USA.
Briskon is a highly process-driven organization with extensive experience working with great companies. The young and vibrant team of Briskon consists of highly skilled managers, analysts, programmers, marketers, designers, developers and QA personnel, working together to deliver world-class quality products and solutions. Our unerring commitment to quality and continuous learning to stay abreast of the latest technologies enables us to provide customer delight consistently.
If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall; this is the physics of vulnerability.
I aim to achieve efficiency by placing emphasis on managerial principles in my managerial position in the Educational technology & Health care sectors. I work towards ensuring the well-being of my team members as well as strive towards the company's ultimate goal of flourishing through the art of teamwork!
Notably known as someone who's patient and dependable both professionally and personally. I am one of those people who believe 'Everything is a story waiting to unravel,' so I obsessively hoard anything that I think could tell a story. Dreams of having 5 dogs, a cottage in the mountains & a library size of Mount Rushmore.
Our mission at CMEPEDIA is to streamline the redistribution of healthcare education, enabling healthcare professionals to enhance their expertise seamlessly alongside their clinical responsibilities. By offering a diverse array of quality-controlled and accredited educational modules, we empower these professionals to remain updated and excel within their respective fields.
Through democratizing education and harnessing technology's power, we are unwaveringly committed to bridging the gap between developed and developing nations. We aim to ensure that every healthcare professional has the opportunity to thrive and make meaningful contributions toward elevating global healthcare standards.
Furthermore, CMEPEDIA is dedicated to simplifying the re-licensing process for healthcare professionals. Our mission is to establish a streamlined, paperless re-registration procedure and facilitate collaboration between Indian professional bodies and their international counterparts, enhancing the efficiency of the continuous education standards.
By uniting technology, collaboration, and an unwavering focus on sustainability, we are orchestrating a transformative shift in the landscape of medical education. Through these efforts, we equip healthcare professionals to achieve excellence within their careers, ultimately advancing the betterment of global healthcare.
Transforming Healthcare Education Globally
CMEPEDIA envisions seamless access to accredited learning, uniting healthcare professionals, content providers, and accrediting bodies worldwide. We aspire to be the pivotal force propelling equitable education, fostering collaboration, and raising healthcare standards globally.
CMEPEDIA facilitates quick access to accredited educational modules for health professionals. CMEPEDIA ensures that medical professionals can continue to update their knowledge throughout their careers with minimal impact on their work schedules. They save on travel time to live events and reduce their administrative burden through the paperless re-registration process.
CMEPEDIA redistributes quality-controlled educational healthcare modules at low rates. Content providers can expand their area of distribution globally without the need to invest in local agencies. Healthcare professionals can purchase these low-cost modules and avoid expensive subscriptions, enabling them to develop a portfolio similar to their colleagues in developed countries and assert that their skills are up-to-date. Professional bodies can rely on a standardized procedure of endorsements and do not need to invest in the development of software to verify the registration requirements of their members.
CMEPEDIA has been launched in India, but its methods can be extrapolated to any other country.
The terms for global business will determine whether users will be able to purchase modules readily via CMEPEDIA. CMEPEDIA aims for a worldwide rollout after its incubation in India. However, as we maintain a variable pricing policy by country, the initial requirement is to be registered as a healthcare professional in India before you can register as a premium user.
The Indian payment gateway selected has the broadest global outreach of all gateways. Do not hesitate to express your interest if you would like to avail of our services in your country. Our IT infrastructure is robust, and we love to spread our wings.
A WHO estimate suggests that the world will be short of 12.9 million healthcare workers by 2035. In 2013, that figure already stood at 7.2 million, almost double what it was in 2007. More than 70% of the deficit is in resource-poor countries of South-East Asia and Africa. Thus, this workforce must effectively manage its clinical time to deliver quality health care.
Reference: accessed on 20 April 2020 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/health-workforce-shortage/en/
CMEPEDIA is an impact-driven social venture that strives to redistribute medical knowledge worldwide. We are committed to our sustainable business model that makes the distribution of healthcare educational modules easy and cost-effective. In essence, we operate as any other business. Still, a part of the proceeds from selling educational modules at fair prices will be used to assist in developing quality-controlled CME content by professionals in developing countries.
CMEPEDIA can be described as a social venture, a sustainable enterprise or a fair trade corporation. Combining business and fair trade is the best way to generate a positive impact. We are committed to harnessing the power of business for social good. Our business model allows us to have the most significant impact and be a major player in the future of education in health care for developing countries.