Web 2.0 technologies in healthcare

A new article from the NHS Resource Centre, ‘Web 2.0 technologies in healthcare‘, discusses what patients, doctors and policy makers are doing with collaborative and multi-media technologies.

Cases Journal is cited as an example of how Web 2.0 technologies are changing the way that medical and scientific knowledge is disseminated. The article includes views from Richard Smith, Editor-in-Chief, on why doctors have been slow to connect in online communities and collaborative tools, compared to patients. PatientsLikeMe is an example of a formalised patient network that connects patients with similar treatment experiences, and as the article explains, patients are often very willing to discuss their problems and experiences openly online.

What do you think? Which Web 2.0 networks and collaborations are you involved with, and why? Do you use Facebook? (Don’t forget to become a fan of Cases Journal if so!) Tell us what you and your colleagues’ views are on the future of online communication and collaboration.

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