We have got a number of developments that we want to get out before the end of the year, the most important being the answer engine.

The answer engine works by interpreting the search terms to infer the question and then using a variety of techniques to find the best answer.  This is then displayed at the top of the results.  An example is shown below:


In this example the user has searched for acne and minocycline and our system has interpreted this as being a question about the efficacy of minocycline in treating acne.  The system then looks for the best answer, in this case a Cochrane Systematic Review, and pulls through the conclusion.

The above is a mock-up and is likely to change somewhat, but it gives you an idea of what it looks like.

Initially, the system will be modest in scope and will be semi-automatic.  Our aim is to harness feedback and then make the appropriate changes.  By the middle of 2017 we hope to dramatically increase the scope and be fully automatic.