4 posts from December, 2007

Happy Holidays! PatientsLikeMe Update: December 2007

Posted December 25th, 2007 by

As 2007 comes to a close, we want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Thanks for being a part of the PatientsLikeMe family!

In order to continue to create online homes for patients with life-changing conditions, we need to continue building a solid team. Therefore, we plan to expand our staff in the new year, which is why we’ve recently added a “Careers” page on our site. There is currently one active posting for a Senior Application Developer with even more in the works. If you know someone who might be a fit, please let them know about the career opportunities offered at PatientsLikeMe. We essentially look for talented individuals with an interest in helping patients. So we figured, who better to ask for referrals than you!

Again, we wish you all the best of holidays with 2008 being the best year to come.

PatientsLikeMe member dwilliams


The Value of Openness

Posted December 13th, 2007 by

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Welcome to the PatientsLikeMe blog. Here you will get firsthand accounts of our growth and how we are impacting global health care. Why have we chose the name “The Value of Openness”? Read our Openness Philosophy below, and you’ll see why.

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Openness is a good thing.

Most healthcare websites have a Privacy Policy. Naturally, we do too. But at PatientsLikeMe, we’re more excited about our Openness Philosophy. It may sound counterintuitive, but it’s what drives our groundbreaking concept.

You see, we believe sharing your healthcare experiences and outcomes is good. Why? Because when patients share real-world data, collaboration on a global scale becomes possible. New treatments become possible. Most importantly, change becomes possible. At PatientsLikeMe, we are passionate about bringing people together for a greater purpose: speeding up the pace of research and fixing a broken healthcare system.

Currently, most healthcare data is inaccessible due to privacy regulations or proprietary tactics. As a result, research is slowed, and the development of breakthrough treatments takes decades. Patients also can’t get the information they need to make important treatment decisions. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When you and thousands like you share your data, you open up the healthcare system. You learn what’s working for others. You improve your dialogue with your doctors. Best of all, you help bring better treatments to market in record time.

PatientsLikeMe enables you to effect a sea change in the healthcare system. We believe that the Internet can democratize patient data and accelerate research like never before. Furthermore, we believe data belongs to you the patient to share with other patients, caregivers, physicians, researchers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and anyone else that can help make patients’ lives better.

Will you add to our collective knowledge… and help change the course of healthcare?

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Thoughts? Comments? We’re always eager to engage in conversation regarding openness of health data.

Thanks, and welcome to “The Value of Openness”.

PatientsLikeMe member dwilliams