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The Health Blogosphere: What It Means for Policy Debates and Journalism (16 July, 2008)

July 16, 2008

Kaiser Alert
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The Health Blogosphere: What It Means for Policy Debates and Journalism

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Rakesh Singh
(202) 654-1313

Tiffany Ford
(202) 347-5270

On Tuesday, July 29, the Kaiser Family Foundation is sponsoring a discussion about the growing influence of blogs on health news and policy debates. Only in the past few years has the blogosphere become mainstream. In the health policy arena, we now see policymakers, journalists, researchers and interest groups utilizing this new media tool to deliver information to their audiences.

The briefing will highlight how the traditional health policy world has embraced blogging and will feature a keynote address by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, the first cabinet officer to author an official blog, followed by a moderated discussion with a variety of health policy bloggers and a media analyst. Questions to be explored with the panelists include: Why do individuals and organizations blog? How does blogging impact the broader work of an organization? Are there different standards used when blogging versus other writing? Have blogs impacted the news business significantly? What kind of influence are blogs having on political and policy debates?

Welcome and Introduction

Drew Altman, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Kaiser Family Foundation

Keynote Address

The Honorable Michael O. Leavitt
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Panel Discussion

Vicky Rideout (moderator)
Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation and
Director, Kaiser Forum on Health Journalism and the News Business

Jacob Goldstein, Wall Street Journal

Michael Cannon, Cato Institute

Ezra Klein, American Prospect Magazine

John McDonough, Office of Senator Edward Kennedy and formerly of Health Care for All in Massachusetts

Tom Rosenstiel, Center for Excellence in Journalism

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29, lunch served at 12:30 p.m. and program begins at 1:00 p.m.
Add this event to your Outlook Calendar (Please note that all times are ET).

WHERE: Barabara Jordan Conference Center, 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC. For those who cannot attend, the event will be webcast live.

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Medicine 2.0 (un)conference (Toronto, 2008, Sept 4-5)

March 5, 2008

Medicine 2.0 (un)conference – How Social Networking and Web 2.0 Changes
Health, Health Care, and Biomedical Research

Toronto/Canada, MaRS Discovery District, Sept 4-5th

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Medicine 2.0 ( is an international
conference on Web 2.0 applications in health and medicine, organized and
co-sponsored by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the International
Medical Informatics Association, the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation,
CHIRAD, and a number of other sponsoring organizations. It takes place at
the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto/Canada, Sept 4th-5th, 2008.

Pre-register now to get on our mailing list:

Conference Abstract / Panel Proposal Submission Deadline: May 2nd, 2008
Abstract Decisions emailed to Presenters: June 16th, 2008
Early Bird Registration Deadline & Speaker Registration Deadline: June
30th, 2008
Hotel Reservation Deadline: July 25th, 2008
Medicine 2.0 Conference: September 4-5th, 2008


The Medicine 2.0 Congress on Sept 4-5th in Toronto is now accepting
abstracts, speaker and panel proposals.

The conference invites academic and international contributions, and also
covers areas such as social networking for consumers and health
professionals, Science 2.0, Peer-Review 2.0, and others.

The conference will be accompanied by a JMIR Theme Issue on Medicine 2.0,
containing invited and contributed full papers (selected abstract/panel
presenters may be invited to submit a full paper).

Medicine 2.0 will contain a mix of traditional academic/research, practice
and business presentations, keynote presentations, and panel discussions to
discuss emerging issues. We strive for an interdisciplinary mix of
presenters from different disciplines (e.g. health care, social sciences,
computer sciences, engineering, business) and with a different angle
(research, practice, and business).
Participants are invited to either submit a 500 word abstract to propose a
15 minute single-presenter talk, or can submit a a 500 word panel proposal
to present or discuss a topic in a 45-60 min session with 3-4 colleagues
from other organizations/institutions (panel proposals with all authors
from the same institution are discouraged). Panel presentations are the
preferred format for non-research presentations.

Possible Topics
• Blogs

• Building virtual communities and social networking applications for
health professionals

• Building virtual communities and social networking applications for
patients and consumers

• Business models in a Web 2.0 environment

• Collaborative biomedical research, academic / scholarly communication,
publishing and peer review

• Consumer empowerment, patient-physician relationship, and
sociotechnical issues

• Ethical & legal issues, confidentiality and privacy

• Health information on the web: Supply and Demand

• Innovative RSS/XML applications

• Personal health records and Patient portals

• Public (e-)health, population health technologies, surveillance

• Search, Collaborative Filtering and Recommender Technologies

• Semantic Web (“Web 3.0”) applications

• The nature and dynamics of social networks in health

• Usability and human factors on the web

• Virtual (3D) environments, Second Life

• Web 2.0 approaches for behaviour change, public health and

• Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality

• Web2.0-based medical education and learning

• Wikis

• Youth and Digital Learning

• other

General Submission Instructions

Note that all abstracts and panel proposals must be submitted on this site
( only. Submissions by
email will be ignored.
After submission you can edit or change your abstract by returning to the
conference site at before
the abstract submission deadline.

Note that before you can submit you have to pre-register! You will need to
enter your preregistration username and password when you submit you paper.
If you have already preregistered and you forgot your password, go to help.

Please also note that for all submissions you will be asked to nominate two
peer-reviewers (who should not be working with you or have any other
conflicts of interests). In order to identify peer-reviewers, go to, search for published articles that are in the broadest sense
similar to your abstract/proposal, and make a note of the name and email
address of the corresponding author. You will need the email address, which
is listed in some (but not all) publications in PubMed (affiliation field).
If you have a name/affiliation but not an email address, you may try to
Google it.

Policy on simultaneous or previous publications/other conferences. Results
presented at the Medicine 2.0 congress should preferably be new results,
but overlaps with prior publications or prior/simultaneous submissions to
other conferences is not a problem.

The conference language is English. No simultaneous translation will be
provided. All abstracts and proposals must be submitted in English.

For all tracks and presentation formats
Do not use any HTML or attempt to hyperlink to websites.
References. You can cite up to 5 bibliographic or webreferences (note that
cited URLs are treated as reference). The in-text citation must be a number
in square brackets like this [1]. IMPORTANT: Cited webpages (URLs) which are
not journal articles must be archived with WebCite [2].
The References section at the end of the abstract should start with the
word “References”, followed by a line break, and a numbered (1. , 2., …)
list of references in JMIR format (but you do not have to include Medline
links or DOIs, as specified in these instructions). Put each reference on a
new line. See the following example:

1. JMIR Instructions for Authors.
WebCite: [cached 29.12.2005)
2. Eysenbach G, Trudel M. Going, Going, Still There: Using the WebCite
Service to Permanently Archive Cited Web Pages. J Med Internet Res
2005;7(5):e60 [URL:

On submission, authors can select one of the following presentation

• Oral presentation only
• Oral or poster presentation (let organizers decide)
• Poster presentation

Call for Panel Proposals
Submit panel proposals at
(select “single paper presentation”).
Panels are 45-60 min presentations or debate sessions of a group of leaders
in a field discussing a broad issue of general interest from various
perspectives. Panels are the preferred format for non-research
presentations. If you have an idea for a panel topic, please approach 3-4
colleagues from other organizations/institutions/companies and make sure
that all potential speakers are available (please also ask your fellow
panelists to preregister). Then draft a short panel proposal, and submit

Panel titles should preferably have the word “panel” in the title, e.g.
“PHR 2.0 Panel”, “Accelerating Research with Web 2.0 Panel”, “Consumer
Empowerment Panel”, “Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs Panel”, etc.
Please note that normally we will not be able to cover the registration
fee, travel and accommodation for any of the panelists.
A complete panel proposal should be submitted as “single paper submission”.
Each panelist should be added as presenting coauthors (add an asterisk in
front of each name to indicate that they are presenting). The abstract
should contain up to 500 words, containing a short overview of the common
issues and 1-2 sentences per presenter about the contribution of each
Please note that research abstracts are better suited to be submitted in
the research track as “single abstract/paper submission”, not as panel
contribution. We will not accept panels consisting of coauthors or
collaborators of a single research project. Each panelists must come from
different organizations. Panel topics should be broad and appeal to a wide

Call for Single-Presenter Abstracts

Submit abstracts at to
propose a single-presenter 15 min talk.
All abstracts have a word limit of 500 words, plus up to 5 references.
Abstracts will have to be pasted into an online abstract form and should
NOT contain any special formatting (bold, italics), special characters (eg.
Greek characters), tables, or figures. DO NOT USE ALL-CAPS FOR THE TITLE OR
ANY PART OF THE ABSTRACT. The Title Should be in “Title Case”, Meaning That
All Words Except Articles and Prepositions Should Be Capitalized Like in
This Sentence.

Abstracts are invited in 3 tracks: research, practice, and business.

Abstracts in the research track have higher acceptance standards and must
be structured into Background, Objective, Methods, Results, and
Conclusions, and References. Each section (except References) should start
with the respective heading in the same line (e.g. “Background: The
Internet has become…”), with a new section starting on a new line. DO NOT
“Background:”). In the results section, make sure to include relevant
statistics, such as sample sizes, response rates, P-values or Confidence

References (citing previous and related work) are good scholarly tradition
and mandatory for Research abstracts. Submissions in the research track
which do not cite references may be rejected or moved to the practice
track. See below on how references should be cited.

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