If you have been wondering why there have not been too many big news from TMBN lately you have to wonder no more.
Many of the regular readers know that I kept talking about the "impact of blogs and social media on healthcare" and "developing a healthcare social media ecosystem" for a long, long, long time. So now is the high time to actually do something to make it happen.
The Answer is "Open Healthcare Manifesto" and it is here!
Now it is too big to fit into a blog post, so it is attached as a PDF file at the bottom (along with a press release) and what I will do in the blog post is just highlight a few key points to make you want to actually read and sign it. The post will not cover all details, if you want them please read the whole document.
First of all, why is it called "HealthTrain"?
In 1999, Cluetrain Manifesto made history by proposing a vision for how Internet communication will change business. This vision stimulated development of blogging technology itself. But healthcare is way more complex than "general business" and the stakes are human lives. Surprisingly, Cluetrain principles have not been "translated" for this industry. Till now. HealthTrain = "Healthcare Cluetrain".
Fine, you might say, but what does all this REALLY mean ?
In plain language, two things need to happen:
OK, now where does the HealthTrain Manifesto fit in? It has a two-fold objective: take a first cut at the standard and use it to create an awareness campaign and stir debate within the industry.
Still think this is some kind of mumbo-jumbo?
Well, look at some of the people who endorsed the effort. People holding prominent positions in the industry:
Take a look at the press release for quotes and highlights. Of course the full list of supporters (to date) is longer and is tilted heavily towards the practitioners of open media (bloggers). Namely:
Signed supporters as of 10/20/2006
Now what exactly is the "standard"?
Here I will only include the list of proposed principles, which are further discussed in the document:
This has been the product of a collaborative effort and I want to thank all contributors and reviewers.
Next Steps: Please take action!
HealthTrain needs further review, debate and support. Comment on it, blog about it and if you agree with these ideas add your endorsement. You can use the comment form below or register on this site and fill out the HealthTrain form in your member profile.
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Thank you for sharing these news with your friends and collegues
Final note. HealthTrain ideas will be discussed in depth at the first Healthcare Blogging Summit 2006 on December 11 of this year in Washingoton DC. Hope to meet you there!
|HealthTrain - the Open Healthcare Manifesto - v0.1.pdf||47.93 KB|
|HealthTrain - Press Release - 10-30-06.pdf||15.87 KB|
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