what the heck is health 2.0? and is it achievable?

February 11, 2010

in wellness

health 2.0, in a nutshell and as it concerns companies, is using technology to make it easier for patients (employees) and providers to collaborate on improving health. a great conversation about whether health 2.0′s promise is achievable has been taking place across several blogs. if you manage or communicate about workplace health and wellness programs and have ever wondered, “what’s the point?” or moaned, “i can’t get through to employees!,” read the posts below. you’ll find (a) you’re not alone and (b) food for thought.

what’s the point of health 2.0?, susannah fox, pew internet project researcher

thoughts on “what’s the point of health 2.0?” firestorm: technology’s not the issue, fard johnmar, walking the path

weight, diet and writing things down: is this what you call health 2.0?, amy tenderich, diabetes mine

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Andre Blackman February 11, 2010 at 10:02 am

It was only a matter of time before this conversation started taking place! In general I think there is a time and place for much of these investments into Health 2.0. My main thing is that I don’t want to see so much money put into these things that we forget where even $20 can be helpful in saving or improving a life.

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Chris Hall February 12, 2010 at 12:47 am

Health 2.0 is totally achievable and I’m really excited about the possibilities. To Andre’s point though, where is the line drawn between health 2.0 and world health?

How can we attain health 2.0 while also helping those who have not yet been exposed to health 1.0?

That’s the million dollar question.

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fran February 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

andre and chris, thanks for commenting. i’m excited about the possibilities, too. i hear your caution, andre. and i wonder how we can avoid spending money on some dead ends, given that we are still learning what support people need, how they need and want it, and what the boundaries are for technological intervention. will, for example, text message reminders about medical compliance turn from being a help to being a nuisance?

chris, yeah…health 2.0 isn’t going to be the be-all, end-all. i’d like to believe we’re coming to a time when companies, government, individuals, providers–all forces–are coming together in recognition of a crisis. do you think that health 2.0 can engage more people in their health because it personalizes the information and empowers them to get information, connect with others, talk with their providers in a way that’s easy, convenient, and just-in-time for them?

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Andre Blackman February 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

Chris! Thanks for those thoughts and you framed it really well re: creating a digital health divide.

Fran you hit the nail on the head by looking at groups *coming together* and focusing on the issue. It’s not a problem for just one sector in my opinion. That’s what I plan to talk about when I put together a document on Public Health 2.0 – it will take people from the govt, from the built environment world (urban planning, recycling), from the environmental health world and from the tech world to make it a concerted effort to improve the lives of many.

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Chris Hall February 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Ironically, I was forced to use a health benefit last Friday when my appendix decided it no longer wanted to be a part of what I’ve got going on inside… :)

Having just gone through that experience, Fran, I think you nailed it with the just in time bit. Health information is really only required for the rest of us, non-providers, at a time of need when it is actionable.

I decided to utilize the social web throughout my procedure and came up with some thoughts on Health 2.0 in the process that I’m formulating on my blog. Very timely, eh? :)

Andre- I totally agree that focus needs to be placed on all of us (haves/have nots) making strides toward a better solution together.

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