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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 or 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.

For physicians: check out Pimp Notes (an open-source notes project for medical students and doctors in training); OttoBib (make a bibliography easily) or Zoho (create presentations online).

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).

If you’re a physician, browse among the great medical wikis created and maintained by physicians from around the world (you may start with Ask Dr Wiki).


4. Communities

Web 2.0 is based on communities and collaboration. If you’re a patient, find people dealing with the same health challenge at 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 Ask a mentor or become a mentor. Upload your CV and find collaborators from around the world, or find a job via this community. 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.


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.

Medical podcasts:


You also have to know about web conferences. Read more about MedPresence at the Human Productivity Lab.

9. Medical content, content, content:

What I love the most in web 2.0? The free content! Let’s browse among the medical videos on VideoJug; the medical image collections of Flickr or find interesting cases at

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.

58 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow, what an informative post, Bertalan! I’m coming to you for all my health/Web 2.0 needs ;)

    June 8, 2007
  2. I’m using Zoho Sheets to share my Dad’s glucose levels with his physician. Glucose levels, mean and medians calculated for fasting and after-meal as well as overall levels, plus charts.

    June 9, 2007
  3. Dane #

    Contribute actively in community based forums such as Yelp. Log individual reveiews of physcians and practices that will allow other users access to peer insight.

    The wisdom of the masses is always greater than that of the individual.

    June 11, 2007
  4. Wow, thank you, Dane for the comment! I didn’t know about Yelp’s physician reviews…

    June 11, 2007
  5. great list Bertalan,
    I am a beginner in medical blogosphere,
    really nice to know this post
    regards from Indonesian medical bloggers..

    June 29, 2007
  6. Thank you, Dani! If you have a question, drop me a line.

    June 29, 2007
  7. Tiffany #

    I’d also add this – rating veterinarians online at VetRatingz –

    July 6, 2007
  8. If you would like to read more about using technology in medical education, check out

    July 9, 2007
  9. Great resource, thanks for the link!

    I’m going to write about your site soon.

    July 9, 2007
  10. how about my site

    September 6, 2007
  11. Later, when you’ll have more resources, I’ll definitely write about it as it seems to be a good idea.

    September 6, 2007
  12. Just a little addition. It is brand new. I would like to test it for a while.

    October 18, 2007
  13. Hello and thank you for this great post..I believe that you also should invclude this website for medical videos…

    December 26, 2007
  14. Samantha, I’ve already included it here:

    December 28, 2007
  15. Ian #

    Great post. There is so much going on with web 2.0 and the possibilities truly are endless right now. It’s great to the those directly involved in the medical industry, such as doctors, nurses, etc sharing information. As a medical supply company, we’re also using web 2.0 as part of our efforts to gain trust in a huge industry. Thanks.

    March 3, 2008
  16. Great post. There is so much going on with web 2.0 and the possibilities truly are endless right now. It’s great to the those directly involved in the medical industry, such as doctors, nurses, etc sharing information. As a medical supply company, we’re also using web 2.0 as part of our efforts to gain trust in a huge industry. Thanks.

    March 3, 2008
  17. You have a unique service, Ian! Keep up the great work!

    March 4, 2008
  18. One of the best examples of Web 2.0 uses.
    The Doctor’s Channel

    May 5, 2008
  19. James – thanks for the link to the Doctors Channel. Web 2.0 at its best!

    August 20, 2008
  20. I wrote a post : How do I use Web 2.0 in my medical practice. I use many tools. Sorry, Its in spanish.

    August 23, 2008
  21. militiaporter #

    Wikipedia is a great help and having a nice list is being great too.. don’t forget to add yourself because your the best

    November 5, 2008
  22. Thank you! :)

    November 5, 2008
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    November 22, 2008
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    December 6, 2008
  25. “I believe the new generation of web services will change the way medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered.”……….

    I agree 100% with you. Gone are those days, when there is used to be hardly any info regarding medicines. Now with so much of medical news upfates, social media blogs covering the details of drug discovery, side effects, clinical trials, etc.

    I really appreciate your efforts..


    January 9, 2010
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  34. Great list! Web 2.0 in Medicine is quite helpful
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    September 28, 2012
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