Archive for September 28th, 2010

Social Media Season

September 28, 2010

It must be Fall because the conference season is ramping up. Two social media conferences going on at the same time:

Notable is the announcement by Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands and the Mayo Clinic of a Global Social Media Health Network.

All of this reflects the maturity of the healthcare social media, ePatient and Health 2.0 community.  A kind of convergence is occurring bringing technology to the focus on the patient with full participation of the epatient. Greater attention by mainstream media and the scientific community is only accelerating  the movement – see last week’s Scientific American Pathways article, “The Rise of the Empowered Patient“, which quotes Lucien Engelen of Radboud University among others.  Can this convergence be sustained? Will the enthusiasm and energy be focused to create real change in healthcare?  This level of optimism can only do good.

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