Web 2.0 in Healthcare on NHS Resource Centre

Nice article about web 2.0 in healthcare on the NHS resource centre website:

If you thought the internet and email were amazing, you ain’t seen nothing yet. New Web 2.0 technologies are already being developed and having an impact on healthcare.

Nick Saalfeld sets out to find out what patients, doctors and policy makers are doing with collaborative and multi-media technologies.Internet technologies have changed the way almost everyone works. We can now communicate at lightning speed, work with peers on the other side of the world and find information at the click of a mouse.


Guest Post: Guidelines for use of Web 2.0 in depression

Hi All

My name is Susanne Doddrell and I am the Quality Coordinator for Lifeline Aotearoa.

We have a fantastic website at www.thelowdown.co.nz which provides info and support for young people in relation to Depression. We also operate a message board open to postings. In this forum we aim to foster and encourage an environment of hopefulness around depression, with information, questions, stories and support from service users and their peers.

What I am interested in is any research on best/good practice guidelines with reference to message board moderation in the area of mental health. Is this something that you can help with, or know of anything/anyone that I may be able to access to obtain this information. Our service is currently developing guidelines, and I am finding it difficult to locate literature specifically related to this.

If this is something that you are able to help with, or even direct me in the appropriate direction, it would be much appreciated.

Kind regards

Susanne Doddrell

Quality Coordinator

The Lowdown

Lifeline Aotearoa

Ph: (09) 909 9215 | Fax: (09) 909 9219 | Mobile: 027 498 7601

Email: Susanned@lifeline.org.nz

We Love the NHS Takes Over Twitter

A Social Media campaign for the NHS is taking Twitter by storm. Hundreds Thousands of users are posting their stories about how the NHS has helped them, tagging their posts ‘#welovetheNHS’.

As I write, #welovetheNHS is the top trending topic on Twitter.

Follow the tweets here: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23welovethenhs

Update: you can now add a We Love The NHS ribbon to your twitter avatar:


Update 2: Guardian story on the welovetheNHS twitter storm: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/aug/13/gordon-brown-nhs-twitter-campaign

Tufts Summer Institute on Web Strategies for Health Communication

Lisa Neal Gualtieri, Ph.D has emailed to let me know about this interesting course Tuft’s is offering:

Enroll in the Tufts Summer Institute on Web Strategies for Health Communication, http://webstrategiesforhealth.com/, to learn how you can help healthcare organizations develop and implement Web strategies to drive the success of their online presence. Healthcare organizations are faced with an ever evolving choice of Web technologies that make it challenging to create a coherent and justifiable Web strategy. At the Tufts Summer Institute, you will learn how to select, use, manage, and evaluate the effectiveness of Web technologies for health communication.

Learn from Tufts faculty and distinguished guest speakers how to:
• Use the Web to communicate with and connect to patients.
• Develop a coherent and justifiable Web strategy for health communication.
• Select and manage Web 2.0 technologies to create a Web presence that provides a rich user experience.
• Accelerate your online presence through the use of social media sites and tools such as Facebook, twitter, ning, and WordPress.
• Employ research-based methodologies such as persona development and formative evaluation to increase the effectiveness and reduce the risk of Web development projects.
• Learn the best practices employed by leading health Web sites including WebMD.com, MayoClinic.com, CDC.gov, TuDiabetes.com, WeightWatchers.com, Livestrong.org, CureTogether.com, Roadback.org, and ABC News Health.
Web Strategies for Health Communication runs July 19-24, 2009. The course meets at the Tufts University School of Medicine campus in Boston from Sunday, July 19, from 5-8 p.m. and on Monday-Friday, July 20-24, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is offered through the Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Enroll in the Summer Institute at http://webstrategiesforhealth.com/. Registration costs $900 before June 19 and $1000 after.

Facebook Influenza Tracking Project

At the National Institute for Health Innovation at Auckland University, we’re running a new research project looking at using Social Media to track flu symptoms. We’ve written an application for Facebook that allows users to input whether or not they have flu symptoms. We’ll then track the users over the weeks to see how long their symptoms last and track their location by IP address.

If you have time to be part of the study, please sign up at:


This study is an HRC funded Summer Studentship project by Dr Chris Paton (supervisor) and Chen Lou (medical student) at the National Institute for Health Innovation, a research unit at Auckland University. Please contact Chris or Chen at the emails below if you want more information:

Dr Chris Paton: c.paton@auckland.ac.nz
Chen Lou: cluo012@aucklanduni.ac.nz

New Health Blog from Tufts: Pain Research, Education and Policy

Lisa Neal Gualtieri, Ph.D., a member of our Health Informatics Forum, emailed me to let me know about a new blog from Tufts University on the subject of Pain Research, Education and Policy.

They already have some very interesting posts inlcuding ‘Is Pain a Disease or a Symptom’.

Check out the blog here!