WEB 2.0 και φροντίδα υγείας : η περίπτωση της Αμαλίας Καλυβίνου
WEB 2.0 meets healthcare : the Amalia Kalyvinou case
SubjectSocial media in medicine ; Blogs -- Social aspects ; Citizen journalism ; Κοινωνικά δίκτυα στο διαδίκτυο ; Ιατρική περίθαλψη ; Υπηρεσίες υγείας ; Ιστολόγια -- Κοινωνικές απόψεις
Innovations in the information and communication technology are constantly shaping new developments in the global communication scene. Social media and especially blogs, have caused a revolution concerning every aspect of social life. Blogs as a unique, selfpublish tool in citizens' hands, make blogosphere a creative public space for conversations concerning social interest, health and healthcare. Blogs for health and healthcare are the reflection of citizens' thoughts, experiences and judgments. The Greek health care sector suffers in terms of health care services' access problems, regional disparities between funds' allocation and service distribution unequilibrium, resulting in citizens' dissatisfaction. Public health services have quality and access problems which create debates and public concerns. This study attempts firstly to analyze social media and blogs. Secondly, there is a presentation of the Amalia Kalyvinou case and its impact. Finally conclusions are drawn about the relation between blogs and healthcare and proposals are being made in order to enhance the participation procedure and the dialogue platform concerning health and healthcare issues, so as they lead to productive thinking and actions. The aim of the present study is to denote the continuously increasing power of the social media, to approach the relationship between the blogs and the healthcare sector, to study the dynamics of blogs and to propose reasons of this participating procedure for the benefit of society.