Social Networking in Healthcare – Matthew Holt

February 8, 2007

Matthew Holt of The Health Care Blog has a thorough review of social networking in health care in Health IT World. He cites the major players in this space – Revolution Health, Daily Strength, Patients Like Me and Organized Wisdom, all of which have a growing base of users who both post their own content and receive email newsletters and RSS feeds on a range of health topics. Then there is Sermo which is for physicians only. All are experiencing exponential growth in new users and postings. Some are successfully raising second round funding. Sounds like the dot com boom all over again except this time it is in healthcare.

Will this growth rate continue or level off or even drop as users become bored and move on to the next trend. Or does this reflect a growing online baby boomer generation concerned about health and wellness and using online networks to support their personal efforts?

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