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Medicine 2.0 has emerged within healthcare information technology to enable more defined relationships among providers and patients. Physicians, hospitals, and patients are using Medicine 2.0 through social networking to maintain their foothold in the evolution of medical technologies. The authors’ purpose was to determine potential improvements that Medicine 2.0 has on communication and collaboration of healthcare information. Research has shown that Medicine 2.0 has integrated into the healthcare industry and is enabling an increase in communication in healthcare matters. The provider-patient relationship is improving through the use of Medicine 2.0 and has positively impacted society so far.


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Stump, T., Zilch, S., & Coustasse, A. (2012). The Emergence and Potential Impact of Medicine 2.0 in the Healthcare Industry. Hospital Topics, 90(2), 33-38, as published in the HOSPITAL TOPICS, 2012, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: