Title: Healthcare through social computing: a case for public–private collaboration

Authors: Jose A. Valverde

Addresses: Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Edificio EXPO 92, C./Inca Garcilaso, 3. E-41092 Sevilla, Spain

Abstract: Lately, a new trend has specially outreached on the Information Society that of Social Computing. Starting from a citizen-focused model of health seamless provision of services, this paper analyses some current Web 2.0 initiatives on the Health sector. These opportunities would not be fully achievable without the cooperation of public and private agents. First, an approach to Socio-Health 2.0 is made, including examples on different Social-Computing applications. Then, we propose a research framework for healthcare under the impact of Social Computing. Third, different cases are analysed to illustrate the potential and to test the framework robustness. Finally, some conclusions are drawn.

Keywords: healthcare systems; e-health; electronic healthcare; social computing; Web 2.0; social web; public–private partnerships; PPP; impact analysis; blogs; wikis; ONS; online social networks; podcasts; healthcare technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMNE.2009.030596

International Journal of Management and Network Economics, 2009 Vol.1 No.3, pp.343 - 355

Published online: 24 Dec 2009 *

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