February 15, 2012

Meeting the Challenge of HIV/AIDS

Susannah Fox will discuss how the internet and cell phones are, in many ways, bringing us back to the basics, the human connections that have always been at the center of health and health care. The most important source of information, when someone needs health advice, is often not a website, or even a clinician, but another person who shares the same condition.

Just as peer-to-peer file sharing transformed the music industry by allowing people to share songs, peer-to-peer healthcare has the potential to transform the pursuit of health by allowing people to share what they know and connect with other people.

The Pew Internet Project has collected the data that proves this as a concept and has identified roadblocks and opportunities that could change the course of peer-to-peer healthcare’s adoption.

Susannah will lead a discussion of the Pew Internet Project’s research and how it intersects with the work of the Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council.