Medicine 2.0/Health 2.0/eHealth – A terminology evolution

August 22, 2008

In a new article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research titled “Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0: Tensions and Controversies in the Field“, the European authors compare how these terms are used in the literature. While Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0 have many similarities, they differ from the older term eHealth in their additional emphasis on social networking among patients and providers. Personalized Medicine is just beginning to enter this mix of definitions.

In my own thinking, Medicine 2.0 should focus more on the use of Web 2.0 in the practice of medicine while Health 2.0 should describe more patient-centric applications. I agree with the authors that more clarity in the use of these terms will be helpful in the promotion of these essential tools.

As a side note, many of my favorite blogs are cited in the article and a presentation I made on Web 2.0 in Health Care is reference #27 thanks to the Clinical Case and Images blog.

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