Web 2.0 apps for medical organisations are rather positive in the long run
The investigation of Web 2.0 applications in medical-related organisations is of critical importance. Recent trends have indicated the increasing use of Web 2.0 tools in the health sector as shown through a large number of studies.To date, most of the research on Web 2.0 in health has focused on the individual level, e.g. how individuals such as physicians, medical students and patients use Web 2.0. However, research on the institutional/organisation level, more specifically, how medical-related organisations use Web 2.0 is meagre.
Therefore, this study attempts to give an overview of the trends and issues associated with medical-related organisations’ (University Medical Libraries,Public Hospitals and Non-profit Medical Organisations) adoption or non-adoption of Web 2.0 technologies.
Results showed that knowledge and information sharing and the provision of a better communication platform were rated as the main purposes of using Web 2.0. Time constraints and low staff engagement were the most highly rated difficulties. In addition, most participants found Web 2.0 to be beneficial to their organisations. Medical-related organisations that adopted Web 2.0 technologies have found them useful, with benefits outweighing the difficulties in the long run.
Samuel KaiWa h Chu, Matsuko Woo, Ronnel B. King, Stephen Choi, Miffy Cheng, Peggy Koo. Examining the application of Web 2.0 in medical-related organisations. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Article first published online: 17 NOV 2011. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2011.00970.x