Monday, November 19, 2007

The influence of the Health 2.0 trend

I noticed about an interesting post on Gigaom related to the Health/medical 2.0 sector.

First, its another indication for the growing up of this sector. Gigaom is one of the popular and respectable blogs concerning the web world including web 2.0 .

Second, the post concentrated about ventures arising in Germany. Its another indication for the rising popularity concerning Health 2.0.Its not only in the states but it live and kicking all over the world.

Third, its about the ventures that was discussed in the post. They are all on the concept of rating Physicians and medical procedures.

Its interesting because its so easy today arranging algorithm observing and ranking physician but the question is if it will give added value to the patients/consumers.
Because ,how can you rate quality of medical service in ampiric numbers/values?.How can you compare between and calculate academic skills with clinical skills with reputation and years of experience (not mention many others values need to be calculated)?.
Another question is comparing between physicians on the base of prices.
The author mention the existקnce of sites which offer the consumers the ability to compare prices and make pre-shopping before theט choose the right doctor.
This can be dangerous in complicated medical service and also be dangerous because as I wrote above how can you compare only by prices alone?. There are so many quality aspects that need to be calculated.
It can cause to canabilazation of some medical sectors.

What do you think about it?


HI_Research said...

*IF* they use valid qualitative research methods AND they combine surveys from the physicians AND the patients then there are methods to establish some quality indicators.

These tolls and processes are expensive though and I doubt (???) their business model covers those huge investments. t is something that will take time and money.

HI_Research said...

Arrrgh! I meant TOOLS not TOLLS.

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RxPop said...

Health 2.0 is derived from the term Web 2.0, which implies a 2nd generation/release of the Internet.

The '2.0' part was established within computer programming - as a new edition of a an application is released, it is common practice for the programmers to add an incrementing number at the end of a program's name, to label the new version.

Web 2.0 implies the '2nd release' of the Internet, which of course is not based on anything concrete. The Internet being made up of millions upon millions of interconnecting computers running lots of various programs, but is more of a concept to describe the type of programs, applications andfunctionality one can now locate on the Internet.

The Internet was initially complied of mainly static pages of data. Soon to follow was email, web forums and chat rooms where discussions could take place. Web 2.0 refers to a trend on the Internet that saw a step forward in the way users conduct communicate over the Internet, which includes the use of blogs, videos, podcasts, wikis and online communities where people with common interests get together to share ideas, media, code and all types of information.

Web 2.0 technologies such as social networking, blogs, patient communities and online tools for search and self-care management look as though they will permanently alter the healthcare landscape indefinitely.

As with Web 2.0, there is a lot of debate about the meaning of the term 'health 2.0'. The Wall Street Journal recently attempted to define Health 2.0 as:

“The social-networking revolution is coming to health care, at the same time that new Internet technologies and software programs are making it easier than ever for consumers to find timely, personalized health information online. Patients who once connected mainly through email discussion groups and chat rooms are building more sophisticated virtual communities that enable them to share information about treatment and coping and build a personal network of friends. At the same time, traditional Web sites that once offered cumbersome pages of static data are developing blogs, podcasts, and customized search engines to deliver the most relevant and timely information on health topics."

While this traditional view of the definition imputes it as the merging of the Web 2.0 phenomenon within healthcare. I personally believe it’s so much more. In my opinion, Health 2.0 goes way beyond just the permeant social networking technology to include a complete renaissance in the way that Healthcare is actually delivered and conveyed.

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Price Comparison said...

The health 2.0 is here to stay. Just look at Google Health and MSN health Vault.