Saturday, July 28, 2007

Ning- medical 2.0

Social networking is one of the essential and basic components of what we called the web 2.0 world.
The "social community" became one of the major trend on the web in 2006 and 2007. Just look and see how much is written about facebook lately.
Even in our world, the health 2.0 world, this buzz resulted in few social networking for doctors, physicians, researchers and even nurses.
The most ambitious one ( until this current moment ) is sermo.
Im not going to make a post about sermo or the other medical social networking.
I want to write for you about the "ning phenomenon".
First, what is ning?
Ning is an "open platform for creating social networking".
Everyone can build his own social networking without any tech or web knowledge.
By "step to step" method you can create it .
The basic package gives you the opportunity to built with no cost and even ad -supported network with all the features that you are familiar with . (blogs, pictures, video, groups etc.)
Currently they are 76,000 networks by this platform.
If you are looking for health social networking you will find dozens of them.
Some of them are not handling real traffic but others do .
This is the right place discussing the potential of ning for the medical 2.0 wprld :
1. You can share a network with your class mates (as a med student). For a medical students its a great opportunity to share some relevant material during their studies and during the exams periods. While everyone are seperated to small groups during the clarckships , it can be a way to keep connections with others that are not belonging to yours study group.
2. Create a small community for all of your colleagues in the out patient clinic or even your colleagues at the hospital.
3. You can create the "ward community" . Everyone can share some exprience from their work . Mostly, we dont have time for that in the busy real world. The seniors can give additive consultation regarding patients while everyone can see it and makes comments when they find the right time for it . Its like a " continuity of consultation". Seniors can write blogs in their subspecialities and share others with their clinical and academic knowledge and wisdom.

There much more opportunities that we can find and create by using Ning in our world . By that we will make it much more health 2.0 world.

1 comment:

Pat said...

Thanks for this post! I've included it in the Medicine 2.0 Blog Carnival at The Health Wisdom Blog.