Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


How Web 2.0 is changing medicine

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1283

Rapid Response:

Semantic web 2.0

Web 2.0 is the extension of the web 1.0,in fact it represents the
true power of Internet as envisioned by Sir Timothy John Berners-
Lee.But,the proliferation of numerous websites and also information
resources has also diluted the quality of information.
Today,we need to wade across vast repository of online information if we
need to collect good quality information.

The Search is dominated by SEO (Search Engine Optimized
)techniques and also numerous other analytics which makes only SEO rich
websites rank on top of the list and really good informed websites are way

Moreover,the web as of today is not semantic enough to retrieve
results of what we actually need,but it is a pile of huge amount of
content.In the world of medicine,although for physicians the current web
may help in arriving at rapid diagnosis,yet patients need to be careful as
many users tend to use information provided in Internet to diagnose or
treat any illness, disease, health problem, or metabolic disorder without
consulting physicians or health care providers.This is one of the
dangerous side effect of uncontrolled web 1.0 proliferation.

Wiki and blogs maintained by physicians could be one significant step
in resolving these issues.

Competing interests:
Semantic Web development analysis and its impact on Medicine.

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 August 2007
Rahul Shetty
Canada G1P 4R1