Friday, June 27, 2008

Neurologists Give Benefits of Health 2.0

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At the American Academy of Neurology, they recently added an article by Barbara Scherokman, MD, FAAN, FACP (Kaiser Permanente), and Michael Segal, MD, PhD (SimulConsult), discussing the benefits their field has seen from the adoption of web 2.0.

As pointed out in the article, Health 2.0 was a term that was made popular by Matthew Holt. As he’s popularized the use of them, it’s also been seen that web 2.0 tools grow in value as the number of people contributing increases.

Collecting case reports and compiling research results are things that doctors have done for centuries, however, the web 2.0 tools make it accessible faster than the traditional ways.

The article states these as the key benefits to the new world of Health 2.0:

- Opens up the process to patients

- Patients can search do a web search to find the information they need

- There are new forms of exchange that include: discussions, wikis and tagging

The key ways neurologists have been using web 2.0 tool sare through web forums, listserv emails, community blogs, and comments on journals posted on the web.

The neurologists recognized the important benefits of patients having access to these new tools. It’s a place for patients with unusual symptoms and rare diseases to congregate together. These types of discussions can also benefit the doctors, as patients in a sense become partners and bring up topics that may have not been discussed in medical journals.

Some of the interactive websites include: BrainTalk Communities, The Handbook of Generic Counseling, Ask Dr. Wiki, Ganfyd, WiserWiki, Organized Wisdom, Sermo, Patients Like Me, and ADHA Forums.

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