Health 2.0 – a Double Dutch Treat

June 30, 2010

Lucien Engelen of Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL, and his team  (Tom Van De Belt is the first author) have struck two goals in the world cup of Health 2.0.  In the Journal of Medical Internet Research, they have published “Definition of Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0: A Systematic Review.”  This broad review of published literature and blogs included a post by me and many others. They note no consensus on these definitions but some recurring themes:

  • Web 2.0/technology
  • patients
  • professionals
  • social networking
  • health information/content
  • collaboration
  • health care change.

The second publication is “A Little Booklet About Health 2.0“, originally available in Dutch, now in English for the Kindle, soon to have an English paper edition.  This modest title provides a good introduction to Health 2.0 for beginners and those who may have concerns about venturing into this growing field. It is a quick read and dives right into the key topics, using the example of MyCareNet, an innovative interactive platform for IVF patients and providers and leads us to the concept of participatory healthcare and bringing in the patient’s perspective on service design.

These two publications demonstrate some of the growing Dutch leadership in Health 2.0 which will culminate in the Medicine 2.0 conference in Maastricht this November and the TEDxMaastricht program.

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