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Should the doctor be ordering MedPedia yet?

MedPedia, which I wrote about last fall, has gone public. Part Wikipedia for health information, part LinkedIn for health professionals, it remains the Health 2.0 darling of TechCrunch (TC).

Health 2.0 Tools for Consumers (Part 1)

Live blogging began to catch up with me yesterday, but I am going to try to share with you, in almost real-time, the parade of health-related tools that I've been sitting through for the last hour and a half. Much to the amusement of the packed ballroom, conference organizer Matthew Holt has been parading around in a skirt and wig, impersonating a fictitous patient, Mathilda. First, Mathilda was shown an iPhone application called A.D.A.M. that allowed her to navigate through a variety of information--including videos--to help her understand her health symptoms.

Big wigs playing in personal health information arena

Next up this morning, representatives from WebMD, Microsoft HealthVault, Aetna, Google Health, and Yahoo! Health are giving presentations and demonstrations of consumer-targetted health information aggregator platforms. Most of these are variations on personal health records (PHR) that can send out health-related alerts to their users; offer online coaches and medication management applications; and generally provide a (hopefully) convenient and secure place for consumers to store and access their personal health information.

Let's conference!

I haven't even finished blogging about our own health conference last week, and already I am deeply immersed in the Health 2.0 conference.

This morning, Clay Shirky gave the opening keynote. He is a great speaker (you can click here to watch the video of Clay discussing his book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School). He addressed physicist PW Anderson's idea that "more is different," that a mass of things behave differently together than they do individually. Clay hit in on three key areas of change: information, coordination, and collaboration. My biggest take-away fell under his discussion of information. Noting that people are the most valuable part of the Internet, Clay observed that information flows to where people trust each other. "Trust is in the eye of the beholder," and it is not about technology.

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