Medicine 2.0

The Medicine 2.0 Congress was held last week in Toronto, Canada. I attended on my way back from the AMEE 2008 conference in Prague.

My role was to chair the session on medical education on day 1 and to present 2 talks on day 2, one on mobile computing and one on online communities.

The event was a great opportunity to catch up with my health informatics colleagues and meet face-to-face with previously only online acquaintances.

Peter Murray gave an excellent keynote address, introducing the conference and some of the themes of Medicine 2.0 on behalf of the IMIA. Gunther Eysenbach followed with his welcome and an introduction to the concept of ‘Apomediation’. For those not in the know, you can read up on apomediation in his JMIR article introducing the concept.

The ‘Medical Bloggers’ panel consisted of Berci Mesko, Peter Murray, Jen McCabe Gorman, Keith Kaplan and Sam Solomon. The panel included some great presentations, and I found Sam’s tale of medical blogging gone wrong particularly interesting.

After lunch, I listened to Leanne Bowler talk about teen health sites and Margaret Hansen gave us an insight into the world of virtual reality medical education.

Next up was the session I chaired on Medical Education. We had a great presentation from Panos Bamidis, who talked about the use of Moodle and other e-learning technologies he uses on his Medical Informatics courses. Deidre Bonnycastle was a very enthusiastic advocate of e-learning tools and told us about the various technologies she had tried at the University of Saskatchewan. Berci Mesko gave a very interesting talk about protecting your online reputation and he also showed us some of the fascinating presentations he has attended in Second Life. Finally, Rod Ward livened up the crowd with an animated discussion about all aspects of the use of Web 2.0 technology in medical education.

The next day kicked off with talks from Judy Proudfoot, Caryl Barnes and Lisa Whitehead on the subject of Methodological Issues and Challenges in eHealth Research.

Next up was my session with Carol Bond, Shirley Fenton, myself and Ken Seto. We talked about various aspects of running online medical communities for education and developing professional connections.

After lunch I gave another presentation, this time on the role of mobile technology in medicine. My co-presenters for the session included Benjamin Hughes and Indra Joshi, who talked about the kinds of websites junior doctors used; Miguel Cabrer, who demonstrated the amazing MedTing platform; and Marcelino Cabrera Giraldez, who talked about how Web 2.0 can be used for patients with rare diseases.

The day rounded off with presentations from Joan Dzenowagis of the WHO and Kevin Clauson who gave a very entertaining and interactive session on the risks associated with Web 2.0.

For more coverage of the conference check out:

Peter Murray on the HI Krew:

Rod Ward on Informaticopia:

Berci Mesko on Scienceroll:

John Sharp on eHealth:

Neil Versel on the Healthcare IT Blog:

Kate Jongbloed on Unpacking Development:

Even more at:


Medicine 2.0 Conference

JMIRGunther Eysenbach has announced the date and location of his latest conference and accompanying theme issue of JMIR:

Medicine 2.0


Call for Papers: Medicine 2.0 – How social networking and Web 2.0 technologies revolutionize health care, wellness, clinical medicine and biomedical research

In the past few years we have seen the rapid evolution of new tools and programming techniques collectively called “Web 2.0 tools”, which facilitate the development of collaborative and user-friendly Web applications.
Typically, the Web 2.0 is a term which refers to a) improved communication between people via social-networking technologies, b) improved communication between separate software applications (“mashups”) via open Web standards for describing and accessing data, and c) improved Web interfaces that mimic the real-time responsiveness of desktop applications within a browser window. Semantic web applications (sometimes called Web 3.0) and 3D environments (Second Life) can also be seen as second generation Web technologies.
These technologies have led to a flurry of new applications and speculation on their potential to revolutionize health care and the entire spectrum of health and medicine – from consumer-led preventive medicine, home care, to clinical care. This coincides with a strong push towards personal health records, with major players such as Microsoft and Google entering the scene. High-profile takeovers and valuations of companies such as YouTube or Facebook also have led to a flurry of investment activities – Venture Capitalists are once again investing in Web start-ups, but much of the linguistics and hype is reminiscent of the Web 1.0 bubble in the late 90ies.
As academics, we have the responsibility to look beyond the hype, and to dissect what works and what doesn’t.
As the leading peer-reviewed journal in eHealth, JMIR, together with a number of sponsoring organizations, is currently preparing the first academic international “Medicine 2.0”TM conference on Sept 4th/5th 2008 in Toronto (MaRS Conference Centre). (to receive more information about this conference please register with this site). Note that with the term “medicine” we do not necessarily mean clinical medicine, but also preventive medicine, and the part of “medicine” which is the consumers’ responsibility.
This cutting edge conference will bring together academics and business leaders and is hoped to catalyze new collaborations between academia, health providers, and the private sector.
We envision this to be an annual conference, with peer-reviewed contributions, panels, and invited speakers, focussing on “next generation medicine”, which incorporates ideas of collaboration and consumer empowerment.
To celebrate the first Medicine 2.0 conference in 2008, JMIR will publish a “Medicine 2.0” Theme Issue focussing on Web 2.0 applications for health, health care, and the future of medicine. We will publish peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, tutorials, and viewpoints (opinion articles).

NEW Submission deadline for full articles: March 3rd, 2008.

Examples for topics that are within the scope of the theme issue as well as the conference include the following:

• Collaborative Filtering and recommender technologies
• Consumer empowerment
• Personal health records and Web 2.0
• New models of academic / scholarly publishing and peer review, e.g. what is the role of blogs and wikis?
• New models of e-learning, patient education, medical training and continuing medical education
• Youth and digital learning
• Business models in a Web 2.0 environment: User-generated content is free – so who makes money how? What is the role of the private sector?
• Developing and nurturing online communities for health
• The nature and dynamics of social networks
• Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality monitoring, public health and biosurveillance
• How patient – physicians relationship change based on Web 2.0 platforms
• Virtual health care learning environments (web 3D: eg second health
and the ALIVE project at U of Southern Queensland, Australia)
• Use of Web 2.0 applications in health care and education (eg
YouTube…UC Berkeley is the first US university to put lectures
online via YouTube)
• Semantic Web applications

Prospective authors are encouraged to send an email with the title and an abstract to the editor at geysenba at (email subject: “Medicine 2.0 theme issue”).
We also welcome inquiries regarding potential speakers and co-sponsoring organizations of the Medicine 2.0 conference.

Manuscripts must follow the Instructions for Authors. Note that JMIR is an Open Access journal and our regular publication fees apply (submission fee and – for non-institutional members – Article Processing Fee in case of acceptance).

To submit, please register as author and make sure to select the section “Special Theme Issue: Medicine 2.0” when you submit the paper.

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