17 posts from May, 2013

PatientsLikeMe Names Martin Coulter as CEO

Posted May 30th, 2013 by

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— May 30, 2013—PatientsLikeMe has appointed Martin Coulter to the position of Chief Executive Officer, the company’s first CEO since its founding in 2004. Responding to its growing patient community, revenue and customer base, PatientsLikeMe has hired Martin to bring a strategic and operational focus to the company as its business and products expand to better serve members and industry partners.

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Jamie Heywood, who serves as Chairman and fellow co-founder with his brother Ben, said, “Martin brings that next level of operational excellence to PatientsLikeMe and is a perfect complement to Ben and me. His experience with hospitals and healthcare systems will both improve our services to patients and open new market opportunities where our unique patient-centered outcomes can drive improvements in healthcare.”

Coulter was previously Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Advisory Board Company, a publicly traded healthcare technology and services firm (NASDAQ: ABCO). In that position, he served a range of hospital and healthcare system clients, focusing on establishing best practice performance through data driven technology and consulting programs.  Before that, Coulter served as CEO of Citizens Energy Corporation, a nonprofit healthcare and energy organization. Earlier in his career, he was a principal at the Parthenon Group and a consultant at Bain & Company.

“Healthcare is in a dramatic stage of transformation and transition, and PatientsLikeMe is leading the way to ensure the patient experience guides this change,” said Coulter. “I’m excited to join such a talented team of individuals as we make our way ever closer to the epicenter of what will advance medicine most – understanding patients.”

Heywood added the company is at an exciting moment in its history. “We have grown to serve more than 200,000 members, have published over 30 patient-focused research studies, and have worked with the world’s leading healthcare companies and government groups to advance medicine. We’re proud that we’ve been able to elevate the patient voice in the healthcare discussion. With our growing patient membership and Martin’s lead, we are looking forward to ensuring patients have a growing impact on the way medicine is developed and delivered.”

Martin holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. Originally an Irish national, he also holds a Master of Science degree in banking from University College, Dublin and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.

About PatientsLikeMe
PatientsLikeMe® (www.patientslikeme.com) is a patient network that improves lives and a real-time research platform that advances medicine. Through the network, patients connect with others who have the same disease or condition and track and share their own experiences. In the process, they generate data about the real-world nature of disease that help researchers, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, providers and nonprofits develop more effective products, services and care. PatientsLikeMe is a trusted source for real-world disease information and a clinically robust resource that has published more than 30 peer-reviewed research studies. Visit us at www.patientslikeme.com or follow us via our blog, Twitter or Facebook.


“Shine a spotlight” and raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis

Posted May 25th, 2013 by

May is Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Awareness Month and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is working to “shine a spotlight on what CF is and the progress being made toward a cure.” The CFF has a terrific awareness page where you can find info on ways to get involved, like: Walk in Great Strides, “Take Action” advocacy, and social media campaigns.    

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One creative way the CFF is asking you to donate to the cause actually doesn’t cost you a penny. They’d like everyone to “donate your Facebook cover image.” The picture that you see in this blog post can be downloaded on the CFF website and then uploaded onto your own Facebook page to help raise awareness.

If you’re living with Cystic Fibrosis, find others just like you in our growing community of more than 1,000 CF patients on PatientsLikeMe. Learn what they’re doing to manage their condition with symptom and treatment reports, and share your own experience with a personal health profile or in the community forums.