Archive for September 11th, 2008

Social Networking for Research

September 11, 2008

Clinical or basic research can both benefit from social networking. Especially in clinical research when multicenter studies are being managed throughout the country or internationally, social networking tools have the potential to enhance communication in a closed environment. Harvard has launched Catalyst which has several helpful features including publications from PubMed.

A more advanced tool is Within3.com which provides several different customizable modules which can be used to develop any physician or research group but because it takes place in the context of a closed network, the site can be a gathering place for clinical trial coordination. Moving beyond fax, email and even conference calls, new Web 2.0 communication tools can enhance the collaborative work of clinical trials and other clinical research across the street or the ocean. My prediction is that social networking and other Web 2.0 tools will become best practices in clinical research collaboration.

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Risks of Health 2.0

September 11, 2008

From the Medicine 2.0 Congress, Neil Versel discusses how “Health 2.0 also can open up organizations to embarrassment or possibly even legal liability when it comes to interaction between patients and practitioners.” Whether it is poor judgment on Facebook or discussing patients on a blog, the openness of Web 2.0 tools can create risks for organizations. However, those risks can be exaggerated. Should organizations have policies about blogging and networking outside of work? Only to the extent that it places the company in a bad light. Otherwise, have at it.

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