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by Omar N.

Taken from WReporter.com

The article titled “Healthcare 2.0” discusses how Web 2.0 has been integrated into our healthcare system. One example is where medical videos are shared by physicians on websites like askdrwiki.com. Blogs are also used by healthcare professionals in education by sharing some real life cases. This sounds like it would be breaking some privacy act, but the article mentions that it is allowed as long as names and medical record numbers of the patients are never revealed. RSS feeds are another thing that is mentioned has increased healthcare productivity. It alerts busy doctors when a new article is published to keep them updated on research in their field. On the development side, AJAX has also been used in training and educating by reducing access times for x-rays and other images that require immediate responses. The article also uses the term “bashups” as a way to describe the combination of business intelligence and mashups in the healthcare field. For instance, insurance companies can track claims. Google maps, among other application sources, has been a useful tool in tracking the patterns in the spread of diseases.

I’m glad that information technology is usage is on the rise in the healthcare field. It makes me hopeful that my skills will be in demand when I graduate, especially since I’m always reading that healthcare cost and services will continue to increase in the near future.

One concern I have with the integration of technology into the healthcare system is security. Nothing is 100% secure and it isn’t any different with healthcare. Confidential patient data will eventually be compromised. I mean, if Sony can’t keep their information hack proof, I don’t think Kaiser Permanente will stand much of a chance either.

Subramoniam, S., & Sadi, S. (2010). Healthcare 2.0. IT Professional Magazine, 12(6), 46-46-51. doi:10.1109/MITP.2010.66