Health 2.0 in the Economist

September 15, 2007

Tipped off by a new comment, this article on Health 2.0 is one of the first in the public media to use the term. It discusses primarily patient-facing applications like discussion boards and quotes Gilles Frydman, the founder of the Association of Online Cancer Resources (ACOR), a group which has sponsored listservs for cancer survivors since the early days of the Internet.

It also quotes a study from a few years ago show in the inaccuracies on some patient discussion boards of 8% and the problem of anonymous postings.

While these problems remain, it is helpful to see more attention to Web 2.0 in health care, especially on the eve of the first Health 2.0 conference next Thursday in San Francisco. I will be one of 400 attendees. More on that later.

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