Health Care IT


Electronic Health (eHealth) increasingly refers to possibilities that arise from the so-called innovation “Web 2.0”. Accordingto management fashion theory, many innovations can be classified as a fashion and only offer minor benefits fororganizations. Such fashions have a diffusion and a discourse lifecycle. In this study we shed light on the discourse on Web2.0 in healthcare. In order to explore how the discourse has emerged, we examine a selection of both the scholarly IS researchand practitioner-oriented literature. Our findings show that there is almost no academic discourse on Web 2.0 in healthcare inthe IS research literature. In contrast, we find an ongoing discourse on the subject with a wave-like shape in the domainspecificand practitioner-oriented literature. Our findings also provide some arguments for the debate on the link betweenscholarly IS literature and their practical relevance.