Your notes at your fingertips, wherever you are.
Compendium is:
  • Flexible. Create notes for anything from checklists to order sets to contact lists.
  • Compatible. Use Compendium on any device.
  • Multimedia. Embed images and YouTube videos within your posts.
  • Powerful. Our editor supports tables, lists, indentation, font formatting, colors, links, and more.
  • Searchable. All posts are indexed for instant full-text search.
  • Efficient. Find a favorite post with no wasted clicks.
  • Privacy enabled. Each note can be made private, public or unlisted.
  • Sharable. Every post contains a QR code, email link and social media sharing buttons.
  • Social. Discover new resources published by other Compendium users.
  • Free
Compendium is not a replacement for UpToDate, Epocrates, Lexicomp, Micromedex or any expert-reviewed medical resource.
Founder story
In my third year of medical school I went with a neurologist on a consult in the ICU. A patient had arrested during a routine cardiac stress test and despite immediate in-hospital care he suffered a severe stroke that left him without his most basic reflexes. My attending was asked to be the second physician to complete a neurological determination of death. After a careful exam he returned to the patient's chart and pulled a daytimer-sized black book from his bag of neurology tools and among the worn pages he located an article clipping. It contained a list of criteria and a citation, which he carefully transcribed into the chart before adding his assessment and signature. I was struck by the fact that despite having devices like iPhones and ECMO machines in the room, paper taped to paper was his technology of choice for keeping needed information at hand. Surely that fragile notebook could be improved upon.
In the years since, I have used many popular note taking applications. OneNote was excellent for annotating PDFs and PowerPoint files in lectures, but was useless on the wards; Evernote was fraught with bugs including broken links and seemingly random search results, plus it took effort to keep medical notes separate from personal items; DropBox is great for document storage but lacks full-text search and a cross-platform editor; AgileMD seemed promising but also lacks a cross-platform editor.
Compendium was born out my persistent desire to quickly recall notes I'd previously prepared such as a list of tests to order in an infertility work-up, or the immunoglobulins to order to determine someone's hepatitis vaccination status. Like the other tools mentioned Compendium solves this problem, but without the drawbacks, and with a few nice features outlined below. I still use other resources regularly but I spend time curating Compendium notes for my own efficiency.
Your silo for medical knowledge
  • Compendium is specialized for medical information. For example, our search engine knows that "ECG", "EKG" and "electrocardiogram" are all synonyms.
  • Unlike other services where you may also have personal data, the only results that will ever appear in your Compendium searches will be medical.
  • You can easily discover new and useful resources among the notes that other users have posted publicly.
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Compendium is available in the iOS App Store.
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Compendium was created by David Kwinter, MD, CCFP(EM).
Dr. Kwinter is a Cayman Family Doctor. He runs a Family Medicine Clinic at Cayman Medical in George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
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