Apr 17, 2007

How Web 2.0 is Changing Medicine

How web 2.0 will change medicine?, How web 2.0 can change medicine?, How Web 2.0 is changing Medicine?, how web 2.0 will transform medicine?, While it is not easy to answer these questions, I just can say that it will happen sooner or later. But what is Web 2.0? How medicine is related to the learning of computer skills? Most medical doctors spend seven to eight years, on average, at medical school; but most of us never took any classes on these technologies. I agree with Guistini when he says that is difficult to define the Web 2.0, but what I know for sure is that Web 2.0 is about knowing how to share and how to collaborate with others to create new and better content.
I have received a ppt presentation from Dean Giustini. While I don't know him, I read the article he wrote in December in the British Medical Journal about "How Web 2.0 is Changing Medicine". I just want to thank him for his presentation about this topic. I like what he wrote in his article: "the spirit of open sharing and collaboration is paramount", and he is right, because all is about that in the Web 2.0, share with no interest, maybe it could sound like a romantic idea, but it is true.
Finally, I just want to remark his conclusions:
1.- Physicians should learn about the vast ecosystem of the web
2.- Web 2.0 is not a fad, but is changing the way patients and physicians interact
3.- Wikis and blogs help doctors to communicate, collaborate and participate more
4.- Software tools help physicians to form digital communities of practice
5.- In the future, physicians will publish in the absence of associations or affiliations.

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Related links:
How Web 2.0 is Changing Medicine
Web 2.0 pilgrimage to Washington, DC

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