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Health 2.0

 Health 2.0 is a new concept of healthcare wherein patients, physicians, and payers focus on healthcare value for improving the safety, efficiency, and quality of healthcare service. In-fact, Health 2.0 is the use of a specific set of web tools such as blogs, Podcasts, tagging, search, wikis, etc. by healthcare professionals and patients for generating and sharing content, empowering and educating people.

The healthcare industry experts feel that the patients need to take active participation in the overall healthcare / patient treatment process for better understanding and to bring about improvement in the quality of patient service.

The concept of health 2.0 is based on using web 2.0 methods that would encourage active participation from patients. Web 2.0 mediums such as social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, hosted services, web applications, mashups and folksonomies facilitate information sharing and collaboration across the web. Use of Web 2.0 applications in the healthcare setting can help patients to be more informed, and interactive, which would ultimately help to bring about improvement in the quality of patient service.

Health 2.0 is the term representing the possibilities between healthcare, eHealth and Web 2.0. As for example a website based on web 2.0 concepts would allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media setting as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them. Within Health 2.0 are incorporated concepts such as telemedicine, electronic medical records (EMR) and the use of the Internet by patients themselves. Message boards, blogs and other more advanced systems are forms of communication used in the web 2.0 technology.

Healthcare industry is getting revolutionized with the advent of the concept of Health 2.0. The trend of using concepts such as telemedicine, EMR and the use of the internet by patients is catching up. Use of above web 2.0 methods can help in generating content, sharing and educating patients. Web 2.0 methods like telemedicine is helping patients to a great extent including third world countries. EMR is helping to streamline the overall process of patient management and internet to a great extent in sharing information across different healthcare communities, forums, wikis, medical blogs and so on.

The role of healthcare IT companies in promoting the concept of Health 2.0 can not be denied. Use of web 2.0 technologies in developing applications including EMR (Electronic Medical Records) for physician clinics as well as hospitals is helping to penetrate the concept across the healthcare industry. After all, health 2.0 is nothing but making the best use of web 2.0 technologies across the healthcare industry that would help patients to be more informed and interactive.

Claimat TM: Claimat is an integrated healthcare connectivity application providing cost effective, self-sufficient and direct connectivity products and services for the healthcare industry. Claimat is an easy to use claims submission and management system. The application is also equipped with electronic medical records (EMR) system, which provides for effortless sharing of personal medical records across different healthcare providers and individuals.