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:

Web 2.0 and Health Computer Illiteracy

This is a good article about tools that can make doctors' jobs easier
and more efficient. The web 2.0 is about freedom and sharing( weren't
those the purposes of the creation of the internet?), the main difference
with the old web is the fact that now we don't have to know about language
of computers to create a blog, to share files online, to create discussion
groups, etc. There are directories of web 2.0 like where we can find the tools we are looking for.
But are doctors prepared to take advantage of these tools? Are doctors
taking an active participation of this revolution? are they applying Web
2.0 concepts? And if the answer is no, who is responsible for that? Who
has to teach the doctors how to use these "new" technologies? In my
opinion this is a responsibility of each one of us. If we learn, know and
apply what already exists, the change this article talks about will come
to pass sooner.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

10 March 2007
Victor E Castilla
currently an applicant for the certification of ECFMG