With the era of Generation Y doctors; open source publishing; micro-blogging; stumbling and tweeting now upon us it is important to review the potential implications of the internet age on emergency medicine.
The generational transition behind this digital revolution has already occurred in many other employment sectors and as emergency physicians it is important to stay in touch with developments – we are not immune to the effect of the internet on our daily work practices.
The development of web 2.0, Medicine 2.0 and the new generation of web services will play an important role in the future of medicine [Reference]. These web tools, expert-based community sites, medical blogs and wikis will facilitate the rapid dissemination of information and reduce the work of physicians, scientists, medical students and medical librarians.
The current era of internet (web 2.0) is not just a conglomeration of websites with more aesthetic interfaces, more curved text-boxes and enhanced reactivity but is an evolutionary response to a generational change. The development of web 2.0 has led to more formalized and dynamic information sharing and creation, and has transformed websites from isolated information silos to interlinked computing platforms. In essence enhanced online collaboration now enables individuals to take control of the content on the web.
The exponentially expanding array of high quality clinical media such as digital imaging, audio podcasts, shockwave flash animations and streaming video are set to redefine medical learning and the medium of distribution is the internet. Content is being presented in readily editable; easily assimilated;