By Perry W. Payne, Jr. MD/JD/MPP

Abstracts and speaker proposals for the Medicine 2.0 Conference in Boston are due on March 7, 2012. This will be the 5th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps and Internet/Web 2.0 in Medicine and Public Health sponsored by the Journal for Medical Internet Research.

Abstracts can be written on a range of topics relevant to eHealth.

These include but not limited to: medical apps, virtual communities/social networking apps for health professionals and/or patients, ethical and legal issues associated with eHealth, personal health records and patient portals, public (e-)health technologies, biosurveillance using eHealth technology, usability and human factors on the web, health disparities, and emerging technologies.

In the spirit of innovation, the conference organizers are also offering unique formats for presentations. They will offer the traditional approaches of oral, poster, and panel discussions. However, they will also offer tabletop presentations, startup pitches, and 5 minute rapid fire presentations.

The different formats provide the conference attendees from various disciplines to offer information exchange in ways that are more useful to people in their different fields. For example, the startup pitches use a format similar to the TV show Shark Tank which will allow conference attendees to present a 10 minute pitch to a panel including venture capitalists, seasoned entrepreneurs, non-dilutive funding experts, and industry representatives.

All abstracts and speaker proposal should be submitted on the Medicine 2.0 website.  Medicine 2.0 2012 will take place in Boston at the Harvard Medical School.  iMedicalApps will keep readers update on this event.