Saturday, May 17, 2008

Richard Smith launches Medicine 2.0 venture

Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ (and my personal role model when it comes to being an editor...) has announced a new Medicine 2.0 project in the Guardian (Archived in WebCite) - a "Cases Journal" which invites case reports from patients.

Seems like I should add Smith's "Cases Journal" to the Medicine 2.0 map...

In my view, Web 2.0 stands for openness, participation, collaboration, and apomediation, creating a new breed of "Medicine 2.0" tools and services. While the "Cases Journal" is a good example for openness, participation, and collaboration, I am just wondering if the "journal" format isn't a bit anachronistic - isn't the prime medium for case reports now online discussion lists, blogs, and other "grassroots" media? Isn't the "journal" concept a bit outdated and perhaps an unnecessary "intermediary" (gatekeeper), which should be replaced by "apomediaries" (i.e. networked processes)? And will patients (as contributors) be willing to pay an Article Publishing Fee imposed by the publisher (Biomed Central) to contribute to this database?

To hear and learn more about Medicine 2.0, please participate in the Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto, Sept 4th/5th 2008.

1 comment:

Dr Riaz Agha said...

Another example of medicine 2.0 is www.wikisurgery.com. One of the oldest medical wiki's with over 1,100 articles, tens of thousands of unique visitors and recognised as a source of note by Wikipedia.

We have added two key gate keepers for the sites integrity in the last four months:

1. Only authors we approve are allowed to post. They have to submit a CV of their credentials, be approved by the site editors and also confirm their email address.

2. When an article is posted, it can be approved by an editor and this status is shown. E.g. take a look here: http://www.wikisurgery.com/index.php?title=Riaz_Agha – the blue box under the contents give the reader that reassurance that the article has been approved. This feature was recently added and we are going through more articles and approving them.

Kind regards

Dr Riaz Agha
Founder, www.wikisurgery.com