What Does Web 2.0 have to do with Medicine?
(wiki) “Web 2.0 is a concept that takes the network as a platform for information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site allows users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators (prosumers) of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where users (consumers) are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them.”
Social Networking Sites for Patients
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, and others sites are examples of this. In addition, there are Patient Support Sites, such as carepages.com, caringbridge.com, patientslikeme.com, and my lifeline.org, which give much needed support to ill patients or their loved ones. Patients are able to identify, compare, and even learn about research in their particular disease, or different treatments available. It is a great asset for any patient to utilize, and is free, and accessible to anyone, thanks to the web.
In other words, Web 2.0 is a collection of services, other than static content website such as sites as www.webmd, There is collaboration, interacation, and sharing, sometimes in real time.
The effect of Web 2.0 can be very valuable to todays patient. The patient is allowed the benefit of any health related blog, and any info on the World Wide web. In addition, the patient is allowed to interact with health professionals and other patients.