Health 2.0 Strikes Again (Some More)

More new stuff on the web for us patient-types — wow, there’s a lot of them!

* Last week over at Diabetes Daily, Elizabeth and David launched — a new “healthDiabetesdaily_logo community covering chronic conditions, dieting, parenting, dating & marriage, yoga,” and a whole lot more. Interestingly, the site will include some free promotional opportunities for doctors and other health professionals. If you’d like to promote your practice, go on over there and contact the organizers.

*, a new “Facebook-like” social networking space for diabetics, described so well by Kerri HERE.

* — this is very cool! It’s an independent consumer-driven patient safety report programHealthlat_logo_2 for all sorts of drugs. Finally, a place where you can easily check other people’s experiences, and report your own. “A highlight of the tool is people with multiple complications can get answers for highly personalized questions like this: ‘How effective is Exubera for a woman around 55-64, 110 lb, who has GERD, is allergic to tree pollen, and is having a saddle nose now?’” Check it out.

* — a new online doctor evaluation service that will proposes to “streamline consumers’ searchVitals_logo for ‘Doctor Right’ to a matter of minutes.” For the first time ever, patients will have access to a unified, comprehensive database “containing all the crucial information needed to make an educated decision when choosing a health care provider.”

I like the clear & easy interface. I tried searching for endos in a town near me, and it worked extremely well. According to the press release, Vitals provides “close to 100 million data points on more than 720,000 active U.S. doctors… available at no cost to the user.” Not bad at all.

* Zume Life — a site focused on helping individuals with their health self-care activities. They’re developing a funky product/service (pictured), which is still in the prototype stage, but you can read a little about it or volunteer to be a beta tester here.


Basically they’re hoping to help people:

** Remember — to take your meds, check your biometrics and symptoms, …
follow your regimen
** Record — all your health-related activities (meds, diet, exercise,
biometrics, symptoms)
** Review — your health status and activities over time, in
useful correlated ways, so you can see what works and what doesn’t, and how your
particular body behaves
** Respond — provide you and your caregivers with early alerts from
automated analyses of your on-going health activities information, and providing
tailored information based on these analyses.

Hmmph, can’t wait to see that in action.

* And then there’s CONFIDANT — developing more mobile communication solutions for chronic diseaseConfidant_logo management. Essentially, this one is a mobile phone-based system that can communicate with multiple home medical devices. So if you have diabetes, for example, you can upload your glucometer readings and other stats (simple info about diet, exercise and medication routine) to share with your provider, in real-time even — if you can find a doc who’d play. I know there are a number of companies developing similar systems, but this one seems particularly confident (heh!) about the broad future of their “solution.”

Changenowlogo* On a more political note, check out ChangeNow4Health — an “open community dedicated to improving the nation’s health care system through immediate action.” Basically, a networking and advocacy site for healthcare reform. Consumers, Providers, Employers and Health Plans are all invited to “take action now” by learning, budgeting, embracing technology, yada yada yada. Note that this site was developed and is presumably run by Humana, “one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.3 million medical members.” How clever of them to create an online community site with such an autonomous look and feel. Although their messages aren’t bad, it kind of makes me itchy.

* MedPedia – this one’s still in closed beta. It’s a community of volunteers organizing and building “the world’s best information about medicine, health, and the body.” MedPedia is associated with Harvard Medical School and brags that it “has some of the top people in medicine on its Board of Advisors.” If you’re interested in a taste of this New Age medical encyclopedia, looks like you can download a PalmOS version HERE.

Got more Health 2.0 stuff to report? I sure do like to keep the D-Community up on this stuff, so email me HERE.


6 Responses

  1. Allison Blass
    Allison Blass January 30, 2008 at 12:46 pm | | Reply

    Am I the only one who saw “Zume” and thought “Zune”? Yeah, thought so. Oy.

  2. WC
    WC January 30, 2008 at 4:15 pm | | Reply

    I am the only one who doesn’t find these Health 2.0 posts very interesting?



  3. AmyT
    AmyT January 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm | | Reply

    Tell us what you really think ;)

  4. PSW
    PSW February 1, 2008 at 6:53 am | | Reply

    Well, I’m a bit of a geek.. I like this sort of thing!

  5. Patricia Donovan
    Patricia Donovan February 1, 2008 at 12:05 pm | | Reply

    You’re doing a good job of chronicling this trend. This is having major payoffs for customers in the areas of new patients, employees and business in general…patients asking for the doctors they see in videos, read in blogs, etc. As publishers for healthcare executives, we have recently waded into the Web 2.0 space ourselves. After talking to Mayo Clinic, UAB Health System and others about the great feedback from social networking sites, we decided to test the waters ourselves, making our first video. It’s kind of a Web 2.0 primer that we produced in-house…you can see it at Would love to know what you think as we would like to do more in this area.

  6. Angela S.
    Angela S. February 11, 2008 at 4:58 pm | | Reply

    Thanks so much for mentioning Medpedia on your blog and bringing it to the attention of your readers. One clarification: it’s not downloadable to Palm – it’s a web site only for now.

    We’re in closed beta but anyone with medical and health knowledge is encouraged to apply to become a Contributor. For any of your readers interested in helping, we hope you’ll join us at


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