Health 3.0

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Health 3.0 is a health-related extension of the concept of Web 3.0 whereby the users' interface with the data and information available on the web is personalized to optimize their experience.[1] This is based on the concept of the Semantic Web, wherein websites' data is accessible for sorting in order to tailor the presentation of information based on user preferences.[2] Health 3.0 will use such data access to enable individuals to better retrieve and contribute to personalized health-related information within networked electronic health records, and social networking resources.[3][4][5]

Health 3.0 has also been described as the idea of semantically organizing electronic health records to create an Open Healthcare Information Architecture.[6] Health care could also make use of social media, and incorporate virtual tools for enhanced interactions between health care providers and consumers/patients.[7]


  • Improved access to health related information on the web via semantic and networked resources will facilitate an improved understanding of health issues with the goal of increasing patient self-management, preventative care and enhancing health professional expertise.[3][4]
  • Health 3.0 will foster the creation and maintenance of supportive virtual communities within which individuals can help one another understand, cope with, and manage common health-related issues.[4]
  • Personalized social networking resources can also serve as a medium for health professionals to improve individuals' access to healthcare expertise, and to facilitate health professional-to-many-patients communication with the goal of improved acceptance, understanding and adherence to best therapeutic options.[4][7]
  • "Digital healing" has been described as a goal of health 3.0. It involves patients obtaining reassurance, support, and validation from others via social media.[8]
  • Health 3.0 is recommended to be able to gather imparted data through web-based technologies. Consumers and experts are to be connected by virtual reasoning tools – an expert system. The expert system that can use the collected information through the web-based technologies represent health 3.0.[9]

The current situation[edit]

Social networking is a popular and powerful tool for engaging patients in their health care. These virtual communities provide a real-time resource for obtaining health-related knowledge and counselling.[10] Pew Internet and American Life Project report that greater than 90% of young adults and nearly three quarters of all Americans access the internet on a regular basis. Greater than 60% of online adults regularly access social networking resources. In addition, 80% of internet users search for health-related information.[11] Definitive evidence of health benefit from interaction with health-related virtual communities is currently lacking as further research needs to be performed.[12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "The Semantic Web". Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Tony Shaw (17 August 2010). "Healthy Knowledge: Semantic Technology & the Healthcare Revolution". EContent Magazine. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d Nash, David B. (2008). "Health 3.0". P&T. 33 (2): 69–75. PMC 2730068Freely accessible. PMID 19749994. 
  5. ^ Giustini, D. (2007). "Web 3.0 and medicine: make way for the semantic web". British Medical Journal (335): 1273–1274. 
  6. ^ "SemTech 2010 Speaks Out About Health 3.0 -- Open Healthcare Information Architecture". PRWeb. 5 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Shachak, A. & Jadad, A.R. (2010). Electronic Health Records in the Age of Social Networks and Global Telecommunications. Journal of American Medical Association, 303(5):452-453
  8. ^ Joseph F. Coughlin. "Health 3.0: Baby Boomers, Social Media & the Evolution of Digital Healing". Big Think. 
  9. ^ Marlene Beggelman. "Virtual Reasoning Redefining Healthcare Through Health 3.0" (PDF). Enhanced Medical Decisions Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-15. 
  10. ^ "JMIR-Medicine 2.0: Social Networking, Collaboration, Participation, Apomediation, and Openness - Eysenbach - Journal of Medical Internet Research". Journal of Medical Internet Research. 
  11. ^ "Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Technology". 8 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Eysenbach G, Powell J, Englesakis M, Rizo C, Stern A. Health related virtual communities and electronic support groups: systematic review of the effects of online peer to peer interactions. BMJ. 2004;328(May):1-6