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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0 - discussion paper

A new peer-reviewed paper just released on JMIR (Journal of Medical Internet Research - www.jmir.org) is titled "Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0: Tensions and Controversies in the Field" >>>

I have not had chance to read the full paper yet, but it looks like a useful contribute to the ongoing discussions of the nature of the two memes - and hopefully will promote some useful discussion if it is going to be presented at the Medicine 2.0 Congress next month (www.medicine20congress.com). It has a lengthy reference list, which is valuable in itself, pulling together much of the recent discussion, and has used a thematic analysis of the definitions and discussions.

The major findings included:
"Four major tensions or debates between stakeholders were found in this literature, including (1) the lack of clear Medicine 2.0 definitions, (2) tension due to the loss of control over information as perceived by doctors, (3) the safety issues of inaccurate information, and (4) ownership and privacy issues with the growing body of information created by Medicine 2.0."

I will provide an update and further thoughts when I have read the paper. And just a heads-up that Rod and I, amongst others, will be at the Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto, and will be blogging it, no doubt.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto, Sept. 2008

The Medicine 2.0 Congress will take place in Toronto, Canada on September 4-5th, 2008. This is an international conference, with the focus on Web 2.0 applications in health and medicine; it is organized and co-sponsored by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the International Medical Informatics Association, the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, CHIRAD, and a number of other sponsoring organizations.

The Call for Abstracts is now open for abstracts, speaker and panel proposals - go to http://www.medicine20congress.com and pre-register. The conference invites academic and international contributions, and also covers areas such as Science 2.0, Peer-Review 2.0, and social networking for consumers AND health professionals. See the topic list at the CALL FOR ABSTRACTS http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/callforpapers.php

Deadline for abstracts is May 2, 2008. Among possible topics to address are:
  • Building virtual communities and social networking applications for
  • health professionals, patients and consumers;
  • Collaborative biomedical research, academic / scholarly communication,
  • publishing and peer review;
  • Consumer empowerment, patient-physician relationship, and
  • sociotechnical issues;
  • Ethical & legal issues, confidentiality and privacy;
  • Personal health records and Patient portals;
  • Public (e-)health, population health technologies, surveillance;
  • Search, Collaborative Filtering and Recommender Technologies;
  • Semantic Web ("Web 3.0") applications;
  • The nature and dynamics of social networks in health;
  • Usability and human factors on the web;
  • Virtual (3D) environments, Second Life;
  • Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality
  • monitoring;
  • Web2.0-based medical education and learning;
  • and much more.
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