Health 4.0

May 21, 2009 at 3:35 pm 2 comments

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Mirrored from Aurametrix Blog

What is Health 4.0? To answer this question, let’s take a look at the evolution of World Wide Web.

1st Generation Web, a.k.a internet before the bursting of the dot-com bubble, was a dial-up, 50K bandwidth, built around fixed content, with static pages and framesets providing one-way web of information.  Web 2.0 – coined in 2003  – according to Netflix’ Reed Hastings “is an average 1 megabit of bandwidth and Web 3.0 will be 10 megabits of bandwidth all the time, which will be the full video Web, and that will feel like Web 3.0”. Everybody has a slightly different vision of generations 2.0, 3.0 and beyond. What are they?

Web 1.0 “read-only”
Web 2.0 “read-write” (blogs, RSS feeds, tagging)
Web 3.0 “read-write-execute”: small apps with data in the cloud –  google vision; or a true communal media – yahoo vision
Web 4.0  when all of the above come together to form the learning self-aware Web, the era of artificial intelligence

We are now at the fork of Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, focusing on usability for humans and on internet architectures for machines. Some call web 3.0 a 3D game-environment web or a semantic web. Semantic Web was envisioned byTim Berners-Lee as  a universal medium for data, information, and knowledge exchange easily understood by computers. Semantic technologies are already out there, for example, TrueKnowledge, Zemanta, newssift, wolframalpha, nextbio

Analogous to the Generations of the Web, everybody is talking about Entrepreuneur 2.0, Women 2.0, DNA Sequencing Technologies 3.0…  Business models for health care evolved from solution shops to facilitated networks,  transforming the organization of health care delivery.

So, what is Health 4.0? According to this blog:

Health 1.0 = content

Health 2.0 = content + community

Health 3.0 = content + community + consumer-centric commerce

Health 4.0 = content + community + working commerce models + coherence

If that’s all it takes, Aurametrix is already building Health 4.0 technologies.

CHW Health blog gives the following definitions:

Health 1.0    Disenfranchised patients, a “Dr. Knows Best” approach.

Health 2.0    The empowered consumer

Health 3.0.   Personal responsibility becomes part of the social contract we all have with one another. Not only will consumers be given the tools and information they need to make better choices — they’ll be expected to do so. And there will be consequences for not doing so.

But consumer owned healthcare’ isn’t quite here yet, even though number of US Health 2.0 consumers is at 60 million. 10 million adults use their cell phones and PDA/smartphones to look up health and medical information, and “a growing number of patients are rating prescription drugs and treatments on sites like,, PatientsLikeMe, and WebMD.” See the top health web apps, the trends to watch in health 2.0, the latest industry stats and Health 2.0 updates by ReadWriteWeb.

Long Live Health 2.0! Welcome Health 3.0!  And let’s start planning generation 4.

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