Category Archives: The Web

Library Reference: Medicine 2.0 – from Steven Abram

Medicine 2.0: Peer-to-peer healthcare

by Susannah Fox, read Full Report View Online

About 75% of adults and 95% teenagers in the U.S. have internet access.

However, adultsliving with chronic disease are significantly less likely than healthy adults to have access to the internet:

  • 64% of adults living with one or more chronic disease go online.
  • 81% of adults reporting no chronic diseases go online.

That’s one of the roadblocks to keep in mind. There are still pockets of
people who remain offline, but many of them have what we call second-degree
internet access. Their loved ones are online. Caregivers
represent an opportunity for the engagement of our elders and other people who remain offline.

Six in ten U.S. adults go online wirelessly, with a laptop, mobile device or
tablet.

Eight in ten American adults have a cell phone.

Digging deeper into the data, 9 out of 10 adults in the U.S. say health professionals are more helpful than fellow patients, friends & family when it comes to getting an accurate medical diagnosis. The picture shifts when we ask about emotional support in dealing with a health issue: fellow patients, friends, and family are the much more popular choice. And it is an even split when it comes to practical advice for coping with day-to-day health situations: professional sources like doctors and nurses rank pretty much even with fellow patients, friends, and family. The bottom line is that the Internet does not replace health professionals. Continue reading

Tim Berners-Lee: Facebook could fragment web

Founder of world wide web says some of the most successful social networking sites ‘have begun to chip away at its principles’

Josh Halliday in the Guardian here.

Inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee has accused Facebook of creating a ‘closed silo of content’. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/GettyFacebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites represent “one of several threats” to the future of the world wide web, its founder, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.

Some of the web’s “most successful inhabitants”, such as Facebook and large telecoms companies, have begun to “chip away” at its founding principles, Berners-Lee wrote in a Scientific American journal essay published today

Social networking sites that do not allow users to extract the information they put into them is a “problem” that could mean the web is “broken into fragmented islands”, he said.

Google accused Facebook earlier this month of leaving its 600 million users in a “data dead end” with their contact details and personal information “effectively trapped”.

Although Facebook recently began allowing users to download profile information including status updates and photos, the world’s most popular social network has been roundly criticised for leaving users’ network of contacts “walled” inside its own site. Continue reading