Health 2.0 – Status and trends – Definition

November 4, 2009


Olivier LAURENT - CEO Coligane group

There is no clear cut definition for health 2.0. Any aspect on the internet used to deliver, discuss, enquire and obtain health related data is a part of health 2.0. O’Reilly’s definition has been used to define web 2.0 and health 2.0; however, it is not widely used as the definition is quite amorphous.1, 2

A concise definition of health 2.0 is the use of a specific set of Web tools (blogs, Podcasts, tagging, search, wikis, etc) by actors in health care including doctors, patients, and scientists, using principles of open source and generation of content by users, and the power of networks in order to personalize health care, collaborate, and promote health education.3

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1.    O’Reilly T. What is Web 2.0. Design patterns and business models for the next generation of software. O’Reilly Media, 2005.
2.    McFredries P. Technically Speaking The Web, Take Two. IEEE Spectrum 2006; 43(6).
3.    Hughes B, Joshi I, Wareham J. Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0: Tensions and Controversies in the Field, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2008; 10(3): e23


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