13 posts from January, 2012

The Personalized Medicine World Conference in Photos and Tweets

Posted January 30th, 2012 by

PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder Jamie Heywood at the Personalized Medicine World Conference

Last week, PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder Jamie Heywood had the honor of speaking at the Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC), a two-day event held at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.  His presentation was entitled “Patient Driven Convergence of Clinical Discovery and Care.”  In recognition of the conference’s venue as well as the role that technology plays in personalized medicine, we decided to share some of the “tweets” that Jamie’s talk generated on Twitter.

@DivaBiotech

Ruby Gadelrab (@DivaBiotech) tweeted:  “James Heywood, PatientsLikeMe, starts presentation with very poignant picture of his brother suffering from ALS.”

@RonRibitzkyMD

Ron Ribitzky, MD (@RonRibitzkyMD) tweeted:  “James Heywood of PatientsLikeMe at PMWC: Industry develops systems that can impact if people live or die, but not giving it to them.”

@shwu

Shirley Wu (@shwu) tweeted: “Heywood of PatientsLikeMe:  At events like this, I often see tech searching 4 problems, not well-defined problems searching 4 solutions.”

@ribozyme

Ribozyme (@ribozyme) tweeted:  “JH PatientsLikeMe:  If they (were to) add genotype data it would be a huge phenotype-genotype correlation study.”

@daniel_kraft

Daniel Kraft, MD (@daniel_kraft) tweeted:  “Talk from @PatientsLikeMe.  Reduced ER visits by 18%. ‘Predict the future so we can change it.’”

Are you part of the Twitterverse too?  Follow us @PatientsLikeMe today.  We’re just 25 people shy of reaching 5,000 followers!


2011 “Wow Week” Highlights

Posted January 27th, 2012 by

Last June, we shared how our award-winning Clinical Trials tool was a product of “Wow Week,” which takes place every sixth week here at PatientsLikeMe.  It’s essentially our version of Google’s “20-percent time,” or a period of unstructured time where our engineers have the freedom to work on their own ideas.  We believe it fosters passion, experimentation and risk-taking.  In fact, we know it has given how many other site improvements were conceived during “Wow Week” in 2011.

The list is quite long (kudos, engineering team!), so we singled out three “Wow Week” projects that seemed to really resonate with our 128,000+ members.

MyCycle

Engineering Team Credits: Amy Newell, Doug Martila, Ben Zack and Scott Listfield

For women, your menstrual cycle can be intricately tied to your health condition(s), as well as how you feel. Now, with MyCycle, you can monitor your cycle length, view it next to your other health information and predict the next start date.  (If you’re a female who has not indicated your gender on your basic information, you’ll need to do so in order to receive access to this feature.)

A Look at the MyCycle Feature at PatientsLikeMe

Fuzzy Dates

Engineering Team Credits: Jeffrey Chupp (no longer with the company) and Michael Berkowitz

Are you often fuzzy about your dates?  So are most people.  In recognition of the fact that photographic memory is a rare trait, you can now specify dates with varying levels of accuracy or “fuzziness” – the year (2008), the year and month (May 2008) or the full date (May 22, 2008).  Whatever you can remember is better than no data at all!

Entering Dates at PatientsLikeMe Got a Lot Easier in 2011

Mobile InstantMe

Engineering Team Credits: Steve Hammond, Thomas Mayfield, Joe Rodriguez, Keenan Brock, James Kebinger and Doug Martila

For InstantMe (our daily log of how you’re feeling) to be more instant, we needed an app, right?  This mobile website/application uses HTML5 to support the tracking of your InstantMe scores on your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone.  Learn more about what it can do here.  (Note that this feature is now open to all members, regardless of their star level.)

Feeling Good in the Grocery Store?  Take the InstantMe Survey on your iPhone!

Are we right?  Did these new tools and features add more “Wow” to your PatientsLikeMe experience?  We’ve love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.  And as always, stay tuned to our Release Notes page for the latest technology updates and innovations.

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