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This wiki has been set up as a service to the community of visionaries, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, policy makers, and professionals who are working on fundamentally redefining the healthcare industry along the lines of "Web 2.0". The Health 2.0 movement was initiated at the first Health Camp, which took place in December 2006 in San Francisco, CA. A new series of HealthCamp events kicked off in June 2008. More events are planned in 2009. Check out for the latest details, or at the HealthCamp Wiki. In addition since Fall 2007 the Health 2.0 Conference has been held on a semi-annual basis (Spring & Fall) with the next one planned for San Francisco, CA October 6-7, 2009, with Health 2.0 Europe scheduled for Paris, France April 6-7, 2010

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Defining Health 2.0 / Medicine 2.0

There are several competing & complementary definitions of Health 2.0

The "Traditional" definition focuses on technology as an enabler for care collaboration--

"The use of social software and light-weight tools to promote collaboration between patients, their caregivers, medical professionals, and other stakeholders in health" Source: Adapted from Jane Sarasohn-Kahn's "Wisdom of Patients" report, by Matthew Holt, Last updated June 6, 2008

An expanded version of the traditional definition breaks this into components--

1) Personalized search that looks into the long tail, but cares about the user experience. 2) Communities that capture the accumulated knowledge of patients and caregivers; and clinicians -- and explain it to the world, 3) Intelligent tools for content delivery -- and transactions & 4) Better integration of data with content. All with the result of patients increasingly guiding their own care, "Holt's evolving view of a moving target", by Matthew Holt, updated from original September 20, 2007 presentation at Health 2.0 Conference, October 22, 2008

Scott Shreeve considers Health 2.0 as an wider system reform--

"New concept of health care wherein all the constituents (patients, physicians, providers, and payers) focus on health care value (outcomes/price) and use competition at the medical condition level over the full cycle of care as the catalyst for improving the safety, efficiency, and quality of health care" - Last updated on May 25, 2007 (Source: Scott Shreeve, MD - January 24, 2007)

Then there's the concept of Health 2.0 as a participatory process between patient and clinician (with a couple of notable twists)--

Health 2.0 defines the combination of health data and health information with (patient) experience through the use of ICT, enabling the citizen to become an active and responsible partner in his/her own health and care pathway. (Source: "Patient 2.0 Empowerment", Lodewijk Bos, Andy Marsh, Denis Carroll, Sanjeev Gupta, Mike Rees, Patient 2.0 Empowerment Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Semantic Web & Web Services SWWS08, Hamid R. Arabnia, Andy Marsh (eds), pp.164-167, 2008,
Health 2.0 is participatory healthcare. Enabled by information, software, and community that we collect or create, we the patients can be effective partners in our own healthcare, and we the people can participate in reshaping the health system itself. Ted Eytan MD, June 6, 2008,

Definitions of Medicine 2.0 appear to be very similar but typically include more scientific and research aspects--

Medicine 2.0: "Medicine 2.0 applications, services and tools are Web-based services for health care consumers, caregivers, patients, health professionals, and biomedical researchers, that use Web 2.0 technologies as well as semantic web and virtual reality tools, to enable and facilitate specifically social networking, participation, apomediation, collaboration, and openness within and between these user groups. (Source: Eysenbach, Gunther. Medicine 2.0 Congress Website launched (and: Definition of Medicine 2.0 / Health 2.0). Posted at: Gunther Eysenbach's random research rants (Blog). URL: Accessed: 2008-03-07. (Archived by WebCite at
Health 2.0 - a compact definition: Health 2.0 = (Me + MD)Us created by Mark Scrimshire.

"Next generation health companies that leverage the principles of openness, standards, and transparency; utilize the technology tools of collaboration, information exchange, and knowledge transfer; and focuses on delivering value added services that empower health participants (patients, physicians, providers, and payers) with freedom, choice, and accountability for health outcomes." - (Source: Scott Shreeve, MD - Last updated on March 1, 2007)
  • Published in JMIR Tom Van de Belt, Lucien Engelen et al systematic review found 46 (!) unique definitions of health 2.0 (Van De Belt TH, Engelen LJ, Berben SAA, Schoonhoven L Definition of Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0: A Systematic Review (J Med Internet Res 2010;12(2):e18)URL:


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