Thursday, November 20, 2008

Contagious can be a positive thing

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In a recent blog at The Health Care Blog, Jim Walker talks about how health 2.0 can be "contagious," but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The article points out that a social network that helped people get together to quit smoking was under publicized. These online social networks are also leading to very knowledgeable patients. But these communities need to be facilitated in the correct way so the outcome can be the most effective.

Walker provided a few guidelines:
-Online health communities need to focus on healthy behaviors

-Patients learn from one another, so get out of the way and let that happen
-Healthy caregivers need to be invited and welcomed into the mix

What guidelines would you add to Walker's ideas for creating an online positive community dealing with health care?

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