1. A person who intentionally or indirectly causes or accelerates social, cultural, and behavioral change.
2. A person who lobbies to change paradigms, by increasing information exchange, adopting new practices, and motivated to find better ways to do things.
As part of my attempt to define Health 2.0 as a term, it is natural to attempt to define what companies fit this definition. This is obviously very preliminary, far from comprehensive, and far from accurate as the definition is still being worked out. However, in an attempt to begin to the process, here is the initial list:
Health Portals/Health Content
- Revolution Health
- WebMD – (Premium healthcare information aggregator) – “Better information – Better health”
- Healthwise – (Consumer health content) – “Solutions for better health decisions”
Health Advisory Services
Personal Health Records
- Sermo (online physician communities) – “Know First”
- Organized Wisdom
- Daily Strength
- Patients Like Me
- HITSphere (healthcare blog aggregator) – “Network of premium health blogs”
Healthcare Financial Services
- Health Equity
- Vimo – (provide healthcare information to consumers) – “Comparison shopping for health”
Consumer Directed Testing
- DNA Direct (value added genetic testing services) – “Genetic Testing Center of Excellence”
- MyMedLab (consumer directed laboratory services) – “Patient Directed Laboratory Testing at 1/2 the price”
I would welcome any feedback as to other companies, other categories, or other thoughts about how to define the movement.