I found this through a medical student’s blog -from Hungary, no less. It’s The Medical Journal of Australia’s Web 2.0 report:
The effect of Web 2.0 on the future of medical practice and education: Darwikinian evolution or folksonomic revolution?
by Rick McLean, Brian H Richards and Janet I Wardman
Web 2.0 is a term describing new collaborative Internet applications.
The primary difference from the original World Wide Web is greater user participation in developing and managing content, which changes the nature and value of the information.
Key elements of Web 2.0 include:
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) to rapidly disseminate awareness of new information;
blogs to describe new trends;
wikis to share knowledge; and
podcasts to make information available “on the move”.
The medical community needs to be aware of these technologies and their increasing role in providing health information “any time, any place”.
Here’s an example of part of their section on Health wikis:
Wikis are already in existence and expanding in medicine and medical information,4 including the Flu Wiki (http://fluwikie.com), which helps communities prepare for and cope with an avian influenza pandemic. The World Health Organization has announced that the revision of the International Classification of Diseases will be opened up via wiki to more than expert panels.10 Other wikis for doctors and researchers include Wiki Surgery (http://wikisurgery.com), Healtheva (http://www.healtheva.com), Ganfyd (http://www.ganfyd.org) (a free medical knowledge base that anyone can read but only registered medical practitioners may edit) and Sermo (http://sermo.com) (only accessible by those who can prove their medical credentials).
The last line of their article is:
Whether these technologies will (r)evolutionise medical education and information distribution will only be known in hindsight. More evaluation of their use in clinical practice and medical education is required, but medical practitioners and educators cannot afford to ignore these developments.
Things have moved on since last year when I blogged about the Australian Medical Association completely writing off Health wikis (the Journal is part of the AMA):
NSW AMA President Andrew Keegan last week criticised the growth of web diagnostic tools, saying it was inappropriate for a diagnosis to be given without a full face-to-face history by a doctor.
Do you know of any health professionals that blog please? Australian – I can find non-Aussies meself. I’m particularly looking for doctors, or people with Web 2.0/technology/medicine background. Also, any social networks that are Australian – forums and wikis around Health and Medicine, with peer2peer support.
Bloggerati Australia: I reckon we should show eMJA some love and vote for their article on Bloggerati Australia – that social bookmarking site I set up a couple of weeks ago – I’ve already posted the link up, all you have to do is go and click the VOTE button. Yes you can do it anonymously.