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Medicine 2.0: The Second Edition

med320.jpgSteven Murphy was supposed to host today’s edition, but for personal reasons, he asked me to do it this time. So here is Medicine 2.0 again, a new blog carnival on web 2.0 and medicine. More and more blogs are getting closer to this subject as physicians, medical students, health care lawyers and medical librarians all realize the importance of web 2.0 and also understand how these tools, services could help their works.

Uri Ginzburg examines Twitter’s possible role in a hospital. With Twitter, connections can be quicker and elegant. Twitterers, join me there!


Our favourite star-medical librarian, David Rothman says his hospital’s president and CEO has a blog now and presents a slideshow about how to use RSS in health care.

Ves Dimov has come up with two, web 2.0 based posts. The first mentions the 544 histopathology videos on YouTube, the second mentions VideoJug’s patient education videos. I’ve already written about VideoJug which has best medical video collection of our time.

An other video-post belongs to Aleksandr Kavokin at RDoctor: Gallstones. Star Hospital. Episode 1.1

Michael Barton at Bioinformatics Zen tells us his opinion on Science 2.0. I loved this sentence: Despite all this I am very in favour of open science, and would like to make all my research available for any one who is interested.

A great post again from Scott Shreeve: Bandwagon Unbound: Health 2.0 as an Argumentum Ad Populum? Here is an interesting image from the article:


Christian Bachmann‘s post, Online health survey proven valid at Med Journal Watch, says that “Two new studies show the growing importance and new prospects of the WWW in medicine.”

GrrlScientist presents Humble Sea Squirt Offers Hope to People With Rare Cancer posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Yet another reason to protect global biodiversity.”

The Official Google Blog asks the question: Is there a doctor in the family? We can’t wait to see what Google can achieve on the field of medicine. Bob Coffield and John Sharp also express their ideas.

I’m a Second Life fan, so I was amazed by the writing of Diane J. Skibe: Nursing Education 2.0: Second Life.

Do you have a research assistant? Rick at My Biotech Life does have one, but for free: Zotero!

Joshua Schwimmer tries to convince us about the usability and importance of podcasts. These are audio files, so you can listen to the blogposts without sitting in front of your computer.

My submission would have been a top 10 list of the best medical sites in Second Life. Let’s watch a mobile quarantine training from Second Life:

Recently, I haven’t found new blogs writing about web 2.0 and medicine, but I just bookmarked this link to a great tool:

BioDownloader is a program for downloading and/or updating files from ftp/http servers. The program has unique features that are specifically designed to deal with bioinformatics data files and server.

On the 8th of July, the third edition will be held at Medical 2.0. Don’t forget to submit your articles in time and to visit the official page of the carnival.

15 Comments Post a comment
  1. The top 10 list of medical sites in Second Life has a questionable number 9. :-)

    That said… Medicine and Web 2.0 hasn’t matured yet. Podcasts aren’t something I think are actually Web 2.0 – sharing audio files has been around quite a long time, and most people use it as an excuse not to post a transcript…. which would make it easier to find.

    The core of web technologies existence within the medical field has not changed. It reflects an antiquated medical system, primed with bureaucracy – like many other systems. It is unfortunate that this is the case, but if technology can be used to remove some of the bureaucracy… that would be good. The intent of medicine is to help people… and if we measure each one of these by how well they improve the treatment of people… how well do they measure?

    June 24, 2007
  2. Regarding Web 2.0, quoting O’Reilly, “generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies”. There is lot of controversy sorrounding this term itself [, ]. Looks like all this is about the concept of open-data sharing in the field. Now as the above comments says, in medicine, I don’t see it happening the way it is happening in computer science. But I am sure field of medicine cannot resist this movement and will soon succumb to it!

    June 24, 2007
  3. Great comments, you’re absolutely right!

    What I mostly write about here is the relationship between web 2.0 and medicine. I know exactly that most of these web 2.0 tools have been around for quite a long time. Most of these things are not new and regarding the software, there aren’t any differences in most of the cases. But!

    These tools and services will help us how to change medicine. In my opinion, the most essential problem of medicine nowadays is the sharing of information. Some months ago, I wrote about a blogger who fights Pompe disease, a rare genetic disorder and he told me about the diagnostic delay. I try to help physicians how they can find information easier and faster. For example:

    Do you think that physicians know about these tools? They’re far from that. Most of the doctors use the internet just for writing e-mails and reading public news. They don’t know about these possibilities on the field of medicine.

    So even if this web 2.0 bubble is false, this group of services can save a large amount of time and make many tasks easier for physicians. That’s why I think at least some of us have to write about these possibilities.

    What do you think? I hope it was understandable.

    June 24, 2007
  4. This blog is getting my attention. I have great time reading this. I will be following your blog.

    June 9, 2011

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