Exploring technology impacts of Healthcare 2.0 initiatives

Telemed J E Health. 2009 Apr;15(3):255-60. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2008.0093.


As Internet access proliferates and technology becomes more accessible, the number of people online has been increasing. Web 2.0 and the social computing phenomena (such as Facebook, Friendster, Flickr, YouTube, Blogger, and MySpace) are creating a new reality on the Web: Users are changing from consumers of Web-available information and resources to generators of information and content. Moving beyond telehealth and Web sites, the push toward Personal Health Records has emerged as a new option for patients to take control of their medical data and to become active participants in the push toward widespread digitized healthcare. There is minimal research on the impact of Web 2.0 in healthcare. This paper reviews the changing patient-physician relationship in the Healthcare 2.0 environment, explores the technological challenges, and highlights areas for research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / instrumentation
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / trends*
  • Patient Participation*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Research
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation
  • Telemedicine / trends*