Healthcare is advancing both clinically and technologically. Healthcare is being revolutionized not just by biotechnology but via the web as well.

Health 2.0 = health + website

This is a collection of information that are Health 2.0 related materials ranging from clinical web innovation as well as health technologies.

Health 2.0 Articles
SearchMedica: Search Engine for Physicians
Humana: Launches HealthCare Networking Reform Site
Cornucopia of Health Search Engines and Portals
Disaboom: Online community for disabled patients
Online tools for Cancer Patients
Sermo: Was the Pfizer’s decision good or bad?
Healthline: User and healthcare professional’s point of view
Mashup: Patient Communities
The “Youtubes: of Health
MyFreeImplants: Providing free breast surgery to women
Medgle: Help patients to articulate their medical condition
VisualDXHealth: Visually diagnosing yourself
Finding licensed caregivers
23andMe: The Google of DNA

Patient Web Communities

  • American Cancer Societyacs.png
    Self-Description: The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices. Learn more about ACS, what we do, and our plans for the future by exploring the areas below.
    Founders: American Cancer Soceity
    Notes: Site allows users to talk to other users via a discussion board, look for clinical trials, as well as support groups based on zipcode
  • CancerCarecncercare.png
    Self-Description: CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.
    Founders: N/A
  • Cancer Survivors Networkcancersurvivors.png
    Self-Description: You’ve entered a vibrant community established by people just like you whose lives have been touched by cancer. We hope you’ll find strength and inspiration from our personal stories, discussions and expressions of caring.
    Founders: American Cancer Society
  • DailyStrengthdailystrength.jpg
    Self-Description: Most everyone has a serious personal challenge themselves or has someone close to them that does. DailyStrength is a collection of safe, anonymous, online support groups focused on over 500 specific challenges to help people overcome their personal challenge or support a loved one through theirs.
    Founders:Dough Hirsh, Josh DeFord, Lars Nilsen (all used to work for Yahoo)
  • DisaBoomdisaboom21.png
    Disaboom, Inc. was founded to develop the first interactive online community dedicated to constantly improving the way people with disabilities or functional limitations live their lives. It will also serve as a comprehensive online resource not only for people living with such conditions, but also their immediate families and friends, caregivers, recreation and rehabilitation providers, and employers.
    Glen House M.D. (C7 Tetraplegic)
  • Healthcarehealthcare.jpg
    Self-Description: Founded in December 2006, allows consumers to take personal control of their healthcare. Our platform connects consumers and healthcare professionals with information, enabling tools and online communities. With’s easy-to-use web tools, users will be able to find, organize and share healthcare information, products and services that are specific to their needs – allowing for a new model of patient-driven healthcare.
    Founders: N/A
  • IMediximedix.jpg
    Self-Description: iMedix’s technology was designed with one goal in mind: “The more people use it – the better it gets”. The system constantly studies users’ feedbacks and improves search results. All you have to do is indicate that you found a certain article relevant or irrelevant to your query. You will soon notice that the system gets better every day…
    Founders:Iri Amiravand Amir Leitersdorf
  • MDJunctionmdjunction.jpg
    Self-Description: MDJunction is a Health related social network, center for Online Support Groups.
    This community is about people helping people, haring personal experiences and knowledge, just as it sed to be in the old days.
    Founders: Roy Lev and friends
  • MyCancerPlacecancerplace.jpg
    Self-Description: By using this community to share knowledge, patients can learn from each other, avoid mistakes, identify critical resources, and, hopefully, make more informed cancer treatment decisions.
    Founder: Michael Horwin (Cancer Monthly Editor)
  • MyOpenCaremyopencare.gif
    Self-Description: MyOpenCare aims to provide the first digital platform for user-generated content that allows patients to individually plan their approaches to health-related issues by making the most of participation in a community of Users.It is designed to enable the management and sharing of any kind of digital medical content (like health records and treatment plans) in a simple way, even for non-specialists, and without compromising the User’s privacy.
    Edoardo Narduzzi
  • OncoLinkoncolink.png
    Self-Description: OncoLink was founded in 1994 by Penn cancer specialists with a mission to help cancer patients, families, health care professionals and the general public get accurate cancer-related information at no charge. Recent changes have been made to OncoLink to update the look and feel of our site.
    Founders: Penn Cancer Specialists
  • OurHealthCircleourhelathcircle.jpg
    Self-Description: OurHealthCircle is an online support community for those seeking advice, encouragement and support.
    Founder: Heston Liebowitz
  • PatientsLikeMepatientslikeme.jpg
    Self-Description: Our goal is to enable people to share information that can improve the lives of patients diagnosed with life-changing diseases. To make this happen, we’ve created a platform for collecting and sharing real world, outcome-based patient data ( and are establishing data-sharing partnerships with doctors, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, research organizations, and non-profits. Contact us if you’re interested in working together to achieve our goals.
    Founder: Ben Heywood, Jeff Cole, James Heywood (Three MIT engineers)
  • Taumedtaumed.jpg
    TauMed is a virtual health community where you can share information on a variety of topics. We encourage you to educate yourself and share your knowledge with the fastest growing Health Community on the Web.
    Founders: Tauseef Bashir, Ewind Pretner MD, Sung Yong Chun
  • Wellocitieswellocities1.jpg
    Self-Description:Wellocities was founded in 2007 and was created to improve the lives of Canadians with chronic conditions. By allowing people to share health experiences, it is our hope that others will choose wisely. Almost all of us know of some one who has been touched by illness and has had to cope with it everyday for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, not everyone has the social circle to help them manage their condition. Wellocities missions is to help patients and caregivers find health information and services, monitor health conditions and most importantly learn from others on similar health tracks. We are a privately held company consisting of a team of dedicated healthcare providers, patients, entrepreneurs and Web developers. By combining forces it is our belief that we can make a positive contribution to the health of Canadians.
    Founders: N/A

Healthcare Professional Communities

  • Sermosermo.jpg
    Self-Description: Welcome to the only online community where physicians around the nation exchange the latest medical insights with each other and improve patient outcomes – 24/7.
    Founders: Daniel Palestrant, MD who completed medical school from Duke University and trained in general surgery at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, before leaving to start Sermo
  • Pharmacist e-Linkpharmacistelink.jpg
    Self-Description: Pharmacist e-Link™ – a comprehensive new professional and business
    resource for pharmacists

    Founder: National Community Pharmacists Association
  • Nursing Link
    Self-Description: NursingLink is an essential resource for anyone who wants to pursue nursing; and for practicingnursinglink.jpg nurses who wish to network with their colleagues and advance their career. Through searchable profiles and discussion boards, prospective and established nurses can connect with one another. We also offer daily updated healthcare news and a training section where you can find CE courses to suit your interests or specialty.
    Founder: Currin Berdine, Jonathan Zuk

Health Search Engines

  • Healthlinehealthline.jpg
    Self-Description: Healthline’s taxonomy-driven Medically Guided Search platform provides consumers and business partners with a powerful portfolio of online health search, content, and navigation services. This “semantic taxonomy” – the only one of its kind currently in existence – is built from multiple medical databases and uniquely connects interrelated concepts to provide a semantic organization and contextual presentation of health-related information.
    Founders: N/A

[Last modified: 12/14/07]