Medicine 2.0: social networking, collaboration, participation, apomediation, and openness

J Med Internet Res. 2008 Aug 25;10(3):e22. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1030.


In a very significant development for eHealth, broad adoption of Web 2.0 technologies and approaches coincides with the more recent emergence of Personal Health Application Platforms and Personally Controlled Health Records such as Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault, and Dossia. "Medicine 2.0" applications, services and tools are defined as Web-based services for health care consumers, caregivers, patients, health professionals, and biomedical researchers, that use Web 2.0 technologies and/or semantic web and virtual reality approaches to enable and facilitate specifically 1) social networking, 2) participation, 3) apomediation, 4) openness and 5) collaboration, within and between these user groups. The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) publishes a Medicine 2.0 theme issue and sponsors a conference on "How Social Networking and Web 2.0 changes Health, Health Care, Medicine and Biomedical Research", to stimulate and encourage research in these five areas.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Education, Distance
  • Humans
  • Information Services
  • Internet*
  • Medical Records
  • Medicine / trends*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Social Support
  • Telemedicine
  • User-Computer Interface