PatientsLikeMe – Social Networking μεταξύ ασθενών από όλο το κόσμο

Το PatientsLikeMe είναι ένα Social Networking site με ασθενείς από όλο τον κόσμο. Η προσπάθεια της εταιρείας πίσω από το site δεν είναι μόνο συμβουλευτική αλλά και να προωθήσει μέσω του τεράστιου feedback του community τις καλύτερες θεραπείες σε όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερες ασθένειες γίνεται. Οι ασθενείς μπορούν αναζητήσουν και να έχουν πρόσβαση σε άλλους ασθενείς, σε υπάρχουσες θεραπείες, σε συμπτώματα της ασθένειάς τους καθώς και σε αποτελέσματα της υπάρχουσας έρευνας που πιθανόν να υπάρχει για την ασθένειά τους. Υπάρχουν μέχρι στιγμής οι παρακάτω κοινότητες “ασθενειών”: ALS/Motor Neuron Disease, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), Parkinson’s Disease, PMA/Progressive Muscular Atrophy, PLS/Primary Lateral Sclerosis, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Συγκινητική είναι η ιστορία της δημιουργίας της εταιρείας.

James Heywood (born October 4 1966 in London England) is an American MIT mechanical engineer who founded the ALS Therapy Development Institute(ALS TDI) when his younger brother Stephen Heywood was diagnosed with ALS in December of 1998.

In 2005, Jamie joined his youngest brother Ben Heywood and longtime friend Jeff Cole to found PatientsLikeMe. PatientsLikeMe gives its members easy to use clinically validated outcome management tools so that they can share all of their disease-related medical information. PatientsLikeMe operates disease-specific communities and allows for dialogue between patients about how to improve care and accelerate research.
PatientsLikeMe is a privately funded company that aggregates its users health information and sells it to the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. PatientsLikeMe was named one of “15 companies that will change the world” by CNN money.
Currently Jamie serves as chairman of PatientsLikeMe and is focused on developing a broad patient centered platform that improves medical care and accelerates the research process by measuring the value of treatments and interventions in the real world.


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