10 Tips for How to Use Web 2.0 in Medicine
You know well how much I like to talk about the special relationship between web 2.0 and medicine. It’s true that Ves, Victor and Bob have already told you several times how important it is to know more about the tools of web 2.0 created for patients and physicians. But now I’d like to provide a hopefully useful list about how you can use these tools in medicine even if you’re a patient or a physician. Enjoy it!
1. Do you have a Second Life?
Second Life is a virtual world where you can establish your second life. If you’re a patient, then you should try it how it is like to lie in a CT scan or ask a virtual doctor about your problems at the Ann Myers Medical Center.
If you’re a physician, take part in constructing the future of medical education. Train medical students and nurses in the virtual medical center.
2. User-based sites
For patients: sites like Sugarstats.com or Traineo.com are created for users to make it easier to track one’s insulin intake or weight loss. These sites can give you the motivation and support to reach your goals regarding your health.
3. Medical wikis
Web 2.0 based databases make it easier to track the changes of a medical specialty or you can even edit-write the articles yourself. If you’re a patient, use Wikipedia (start with Medicine Portal or Medicine Category).
Web 2.0 is based on communities and collaboration. If you’re a patient, find people dealing with the same health challenge at MDjunction.com. You can find online support groups, join health communities or just read about your medical problems described by others.
If you’re a physician, join one of the best medical communities at Tiromed.com. Ask a mentor or become a mentor. Upload your CV and find collaborators from around the world, or find a job via this community. Sermo.com is great as well.
5. Medical blogs
Medical blogs (web log or internet diary) provide content and express opinion on healthcare that you can never find in a medical paper. First, let’s surf among patients’ blogs:
And you should check out these medical blogs as well:
6. Blog Carnivals
If you don’t have time to run through all of these blogs and other sites, then blog carnivals are created for you! These carnivals collect the best posts on a subject from time to time.
- Grand rounds: the weekly blog carnival of the best of the medical blogosphere
- Mendel’s Garden: this carnival is devoted to genetics
- Gene Genie: a carnival on genes and gene-related diseases
- Many other medical blog carnivals
7. Medical Search Engines:
Search engines (like Google, Yahoo) don’t select among sources, that’s why many of the medical search results can’t be relevant. But medical search engines use peer-reviewed sources and sites selected by experts providing the most relevant and reliable medical information of the best quality:
8. Medical Podcasts and Videocasts:
Reading blogs is even easier and more comfortable with podcasts and videocasts. A podcast is a portable audio file (a videocast is a video file) that you can listen to while working, doing exercises or just sitting in a traffic jam.
- ACC Conversations with Experts
- Journal of the American Medical Association
- New England Journal of Medicine
- John Hopkins Medicine
- iCritical Care Podcast
You also have to know about web conferences. Read more about MedPresence at the Human Productivity Lab.
9. Medical content, content, content:
10. Your Choice!
The 10th tip is your choice! We’re curious about how you use web 2.0 in medicine even if you’re a patient or a physician. So tell us!
You can read more about web 2.0 and medicine on Scienceroll.