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Medicine And The Internet: 2000 Vs. 2010

Whenever I talk to doctors about using social media in medicine, they seem to think there are more cons than pros regarding this issue. I like reminding them about some major differences between 2000 and today:

What would I do if… In 2000 Today
I need clinical answer Try to find a collegue who knows it Post a question on Twitter
I want to hear patient story about a specific condition Try to find a patient in my town Read blogs, watch YouTube
I want to be up-to-date Go to the library once a week Use RSS and follow hundreds of journals
I want to work on a manuscript with my team We gather around the table Use Google Docs without geographical limits

Here’s what WebMD looked like in 2000 and what it looks like now: 

WebMD in 2000 

WebMD today 

The same for the website of the British Medical Journal

BMJ in 2000 

BMJ today 

CNN

CNN in 2002 

CNN today 

Sermo, the physician network: 

Sermo in 2006 

Sermo today 

Healthline

Healthline in 2000 

Healthline today 

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic in 2000 

Mayo Clinic today 

There’s a long road behind us, and just imagine how these services will look like in 10 years time. Which means there’s an even longer road ahead of us. We must keep working hard to design better healthcare and to implement more efficient communication channels in medicine.

*This blog post was originally published at ScienceRoll*


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