Health 2.0

NEWS FLASH: Plot Your Health Politics

This just in: HealthCentral.com (where I also appear) has just released an extremely cool new tool you can use to plot where you stand vis-a-vis the presidential candidates on healthcare issues, called Healthcare ’08. Check it out!

A simple quad chart shows where all the candidates — 5 Democrats and 8 Republicans — stand on the biggest national health issues: Healthcare Reform, Drug Prices, Prevention, Technology (electronic medical records, etc.), and Stem Cells.
The neat…

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Some Musings on… the Widget

Along with the plethora of new health-related web tools and communities popping up like daisies at the moment are a ton of associated health-related widgets — those little “icons” anyone can post on their sites, which house small applications providing functionality and content. Widgets are neat. Widgets are cool. But are widgets just free advertising?
I’ve been approached by a number of Health 2.0 companies asking about my level of interest in posting their widgets.…

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2007: Diabetes Year in Review

Happy Holidays, everyone! ‘Tis the season for cocktail parties, and roundups of the closing year, no? I was feeling a little overwhelmed about attempting “the roundup” this year, so I decided to ask you all to get involved. To me, it seems that if 2007 is remembered for anything, it will be as the birth year of Health 2.0, the rise of Social Media and its conjunction with health and healthcare offerings on the web.…

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Web Tools for the Sandwich Generation

Something else to share with you while I’m tip-toeing around the topic of “getting old“:
When my brother and I were both in college, and our poor Mom was running herself ragged taking care of her aging parents while working full-time, she kept making references to “the sandwich generation” — people caught between raising and supporting their children and caring for aging parents or other relatives. What a hectic life they lead. Now that I’m…

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A Cornucopia of Patient Sites

There are so many new and colorfully wrapped health/patient web sites popping up all over the Net that I’m feeling positively showered. It’s almost like Christmas! (or a very bountiful Hanukkah, depending on your perspective, of course
I’m going to share a quick overview of the latest Health 2.0 sites that have come my way lately, in no particular order. I’m sure there are many more to be unwrapped, so feel free to post a…

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