Using web 2.0 tools in health research at UBC

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See also Evidence-based web 2.0 | Digital Communities of Practice (CoPs) | Top Social Media Sites in Medicine | Web 2.0

This wiki entry is a tracking space for a small group of UBC faculty, researchers and health librarians studying web 2.0 tools and health research within communities of practice (i.e. academics, educators and research institutions). The goal is ultimately to incorporate some of the information and media practices into the undergraduate medical curriculum, research at UBC and associated academic centres.

A few major reasons why web 2.0 may be important in biomedicine:

  • Health professionals are required to know about and navigate the web's communication and collaboration ecosystems
  • Social media such as blogs, wikis, RSS and Twitter are beginning to change medical education, clinical practice and research
  • Web 2.0 may be an effective platform to bring patients, physicians and information together
  • Wikis and blogs help people collaborate and work together across distances
  • Software tools help health professionals to network, communicate and form communities of practice

What is web 2.0?

An Google page of RSS feeds

What is medicine 2.0?

What is science 2.0?

Best practice examples

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Medical (or general) courses on web 2.0

Privacy & security

Concerns expressed about web 2.0 in biomedicine

  • Physicians do not have time to learn about web 2.0
  • Social networking compromises patient safety, patient confidentiality and is intrusive
  • Social networks rely on network effects; it takes time to build a social network (no members means no network)
  • Scientists are not social when they are working; they are looking for solutions not people
  • Social tools must help to solve existing (and pressing) problems; they must fit existing workflows
  • Must outperform existing tools and services should have 100% reliability
  • Unless social networks are useful, don't expect users to come to a wasteland; they won’t
  • Post-docs need to communicate with each other face-to-face not online
  • We are too dependent on mobile devices such as iPhone; go to the patient!


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