Healthy growth in Web 2.0 medical sites
San Jose Mercury News, 9/21/2007
Chatting on DailyStrength.org, LuvNHope was giving migraine-prone EyeLoveDawn an e-hug while KansasGal posted a video-journal entry about her fibromyalgia.
At the same time Thursday – but in the real world – health care blogger Matthew Holt was talking about the promise of DailyStrength.org and other so-called “Health 2.0” Web sites during a one-day conference bringing together 500 of the growing field’s key players.
At the conference, words like data liquidity, transparency and empowerment were tossed about with abandon, but to translate: Health 2.0 is a buzzword for online ventures that propose to improve people’s health by expanding their access to next-generation Web tools like customized search engines (think Google) and social networks (think MySpace).
Some day, I’ll work out how I feel about patient community sites and write about them.