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Internet in Medicine University Course: A New Beginning

It’s a real pleasure that the new semester of my Internet in Medicine course just launched with 140 registered students. Here are the core points of my presentations as well as useful videos and links. In the first week’s lecture, the aim was to give a detailed introduction of web 2.0/social media and to highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.

  • This is still the first and only university accredited course about web 2.0 and medicine for medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students.
  • Results from last semester’s surveys which will soon be published in a journal.
  • Highlighting the blog of the course and the Facebook page as well where we can interact.
  • Positive examples of web 2.0 such as the story of Dave Carroll or the Friendfeed story and:
  • Social media statistics
  • Dangers: E-patients – google patients; privacy on social networking sites; mistakes in doctor-patient communication
  • Potential solutions: Webicina.com; Hon.ch, evidence-based medicine in social media (JMIR)
  • I described what web 2.0 or social media means.
  • As first examples, I talked about Jay Parkinson and Tamás Horváth.
  • The core points of the lectures of the next 9 weeks (blogging, Twitter, RSS, Wikipedia, social networking, e-patients, Second Life, practicing online, collaboration, podcasts, new media, education 2.0, Google, semantic search, future of web 2.0)
  • Future: semantic web, mobilhealth, wireless apps, e-patients (Quantified Self), personalization, geotagging and rational web usage
  • The rest of the slideshow was based on what I have recently presented in The Netherlands.

Next week’s topic: Medical blogging, from the first comment to blog carnivals

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