18 posts tagged “PatientsLikeMeOnCall”

PatientsLikeMeOnCall: Tapping into a Treasure Trove of Information

Posted July 29th, 2011 by

Dr. Kevin Dykstra, PhD, President and CEO of qPharmetra

Last Friday we kicked off our new weekly podcast series called “It’s Friday – Let’s Journal Club.” Thanks to everyone who tuned in. This week’s guest interview is with Dr. Kevin Dykstra, PhD, who is President and CEO of qPharmetra, a pharmacometric consulting company. Dr. Dykstra stopped by PatientsLikeMe headquarters to talk to our team about the use of modeling and simulation to aid drug development.

After this insightful “Journal Club” session, PatientsLikeMe’s Aaron Fleishman sat down with Dr. Dykstra to learn more about how his team is working to measure the clinical utility of treatments in a systematic, quantitative way. Listen in to hear what exactly that involves and why Dr. Dykstra feels PatientsLikeMe is a “treasure trove of information” that is “incredibly useful” for both patients and drug developers


PatientsLikeMeOnCall™: “A Look Ahead” at Openness in Healthcare (Episode 4)

Posted April 15th, 2011 by

“I think we can see there are a lot of ways where openness can be powerful.  What’s necessary is to help facilitate openness and reduce the barriers to sharing medical information.” – Ben Heywood

PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder and President Ben Heywood

PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder Ben Heywood has blogged previously about openness and sharing – and how important they are for patients. In this edition of PatientsLikeMeOnCall, he talks about the progress we’ve made in achieving openness within the healthcare industry and his vision for the expansion of the patient voice.

How can we put patients back at the center of healthcare? What barriers do we need to break through so that patients like you can openly share your health information?  Ben answers these questions and more in the fourth and final episode of our “A Look Ahead” podcast series.

Tune in to Ben’s full interview here:

Did you miss any of the first three episodes?  Find them on our blog or iTunes page.

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PatientsLikeMeOnCall™: “A Look Ahead” at Patient Safety (Episode 3)

Posted April 1st, 2011 by

“What are the things that affect a patient’s safety? It’s everything – it’s not just whether the drug is good or bad, it’s the whole process.” –Jamie Heywood

Co-Founder and Chairmain Jamie Heywood

Why does the healthcare industry need to shift from drug safety to patient safety? PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood explains his view in this week’s edition of our podcast series entitled “A Look Ahead.”

No stranger to this topic, Jamie has written about patient safety on our blog before.  “By using structured data collection tools within the PatientsLikeMe platform, overseen by a drug safety professional, industry partners can improve patient safety,” he wrote.

In this edition of PatientsLikeMeOnCallTM, Jamie discusses the difference between drug safety and patient safety, why it is so important for the healthcare system to adapt more to patient safety and what this shift would mean for the future of healthcare.  He also makes the case for why pharmaceutical manufacturers need to follow up on any drug safety events when a new treatment has been developed.

To hear more, listen to Jamie’s full interview:

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PatientsLikeMeOnCall™: “A Look Ahead” at Patient and Industry Interaction (Episode 2)

Posted March 25th, 2011 by

“Social media is the canvas on which patients can really paint the entire picture of the experience they’re having with their disease and how it impacts their lives.” David Williams

David Williams, Chief Marketing Office and Head of Business Development

Why is it so important for patients and industry to work together?  Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development David Williams tells us just that in this week’s installment of “A Look Ahead.”  We sat down to discuss the benefits of aligning patient and industry interests as well as the role that social media can play.

Among other win-win results, David shared that this alignment of interests can produce:

  • Faster development of treatments and services
  • Products that impact a patient’s quality of life, not just clinical outcomes
  • Greater patient influence and input on industry decisions

We also talked about how social media has become a key method of interaction, allowing pharmaceutical and other healthcare companies to better understand the functional impact of a disease on everything from mental productivity to the ability to stay employed.  Patients like you discuss issues like these online every day, and if the industry is paying attention, it can lead to richer data and improved services.

What successes has PatientsLikeMe had in bringing patients and industry together?  And what kind of possibilities do we see ahead?  Tune in to David’s full interview here:

Thanks for stopping by and listening to the second podcast in the “A Look Ahead” series. Next Friday, April 1, 2011, we will be talking with Co-Founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood about the transition from drug safety to patient safety. See you then!

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PatientsLikeMeOnCall™: “A Look Ahead” at Research (Episode 1)

Posted March 18th, 2011 by

Since 2006, PatientsLikeMe has made great strides in medical research for patients. Of course, all of the research that we do is made possible because of you, our members, and your willingness to openly share your health information, including your treatments, symptoms and outcomes.

Paul Wicks PhD, PatientsLikeMe Research and Development Director

PatientsLikeMe-led research has been published in at least six different scientific journals, including the Journal of Medical Internet Research and the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. (See our Research page for a full list.) And, if you look us up on Google Scholar, you’ll see that PatientsLikeMe has been cited by others in more than 900 published scientific articles. We’re proud to have made such a noteworthy impact on medical research in five short years.

So what’s next? What can we achieve now that our patient members number more than 97,000? Well, that’s what this podcast episode is all about! Our Director of Research and Development Paul Wicks PhD stopped by PatientsLikeMeOnCall™ to discuss the future of PatientsLikeMe research, some of the challenges we face and the powerful influence patients like you can have when you share your health data.

Tune in to hear Paul’s thoughts here:

Thanks for stopping by and listening to the first podcast in this new series. Next Friday, March 25, 2011, we will be talking with our head of marketing and business development, David S. Williams III, about the importance of patients and industry working together. See you then!

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Look Ahead with PatientsLikeMeOnCall™

Posted March 14th, 2011 by

PatientsLikeMeOnCall™  is proud to present a new podcast series called “A Look Ahead.”  Through these dynamic podcasts, we will be diving into the major shifts PatientsLikeMe sees ahead for patients, patient care and patient/industry collaboration.

David S. Williams III

At the end of 2010, PatientsLikeMeOnCall released an episode called “The Patient Rules.” In this group podcast, we sat down with Co-Founders Ben and Jamie Heywood, Chief Marketing Officer David S. Williams III and R&D Director Paul Wicks PhD to discuss how far patients like you have come in sharing health information and driving the healthcare process.

In this new four-part series, we will again be talking to each of them about the future of the healthcare industry. What changes are ahead in 2011? And what role will you play? To get you geared up for this series, here is a quick preview clip from my interview with David Williams about the importance of patients and industry working together.

The series premiere for “A Look Ahead” launches this Friday, March 18, 2011, with an interview with Paul Wicks. Look for the other interviews to run every Friday for the next three weeks.  To tune in, subscribe to the series on our iTunes page or listen to any of our podcasts on our PodBean page.

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Tell The World: A PatientsLikeMe Year in Review (Part V – Marketing)

Posted January 7th, 2011 by

epilepsytearsheet08With every new member at PatientsLikeMe, there is more data generated for research, more dialogue about individual experiences, and a more expansive support network.  Additionally, with more patients we can become the world’s largest and loudest representative of the patient voice.  To that end, our job in marketing is to share your stories and tell the world about our community to bring in more patients.

Here are highlights of some of the work we did this year to promote your voice and attract the 32,000+ new members we welcomed to the community in 2010.  (Enjoy the video recap below as well.)

Social Outreach

  • With a full year under its belt, 2010 was a big year for the PatientsLikeMeInMotionTM program. With slick new t-shirts and a new sign-up form, the program just about doubled in size from 38 teams in 2009 to 60 teams in 2010.  More than 1,000 people were rocking PatientsLikeMe t-shirts for their disease awareness walks this year and the company donated $14,800+ in our members’ names to almost 50 nonprofit organizations.  (More about our nonprofit partnerships and work we’ve done with them is coming from Molly Cotter next week).  Finally, we launched our PatientsLikeMeinMotionTM Flickr page, which features hundreds of photos of all of you walking for team PatientsLikeMe.
  • In January 2010, PatientsLikeMe launched its first ever podcast called PatientsLikeMeOnCallTM (hosted by our newest marketing team member, Aaron Fleishman). Through a series of podcasts this year, PatientsLikeMe provided insight from our thought leaders on topics most important to you, spotlighted work with partners and gave patients a place for their real voices to be heard. With more than 1,000 subscribers to date, PatientsLikeMeOnCallTM is ready to bring more content to all of our listeners in 2011. Thanks for stopping by and listening!

  • Along with PatientsLikeMeOnCallTM, PatientsLikeMe continued to spotlight what you’re saying, learning and sharing through our blog (yes, we do manage the content for this lovely page!), Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more. Our Twitter followers continue to grow with more than 2,100 followers. Our Facebook page now has more than 1,000 fans and our YouTube videos have a combined number of 74,258 views total, with 35,469 views this year alone.

Media Coverage:

Throughout the year, PatientsLikeMe was featured in a number of media stories (see our press page) that highlighted how you are making a difference for other patients and the healthcare industry as a whole.  In fact, many of you were able to share your stories with the world – from your disease experiences to your participation on PatientsLikeMe.  Thank you to everyone who contributed!  Some highlights include: Fast Company (“2010 Most Innovative Companies”), Fortune/CNN (“Tweet your chart”), Wall Street Journal (“Scrapers’ Dig Deep for Data on Web”), Fox News videos, Women’s Health (“Feel Sick Click Here”), NPR (“What Happens When People Migrate To The Internet”), New York Times (“When Patients Meet Online”), TIME magazine (“Group Therapy”) as well as articles in Bio-IT World, InformationWeek, Nature Biotechnology, PharmaTimes, and SmartMoney.

Events, Direct Mail and Newsletters
In addition to attending some events (e.g., 2010 Transplant Games, Parkinson’s Unity Walk) to talk directly to patients, PatientsLikeMe also reached out to medical centers (e.g., epilepsy and transplants) to inform physicians about how patients are benefiting from being members of PatientsLikeMe (see above).

Finally, we’re thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the monthly community newsletters in 2010.  Altogether, we published 90 newsletters this year and featured many of your fellow community members in patient interviews (which also appeared here on the blog). Based on your feedback, we also finally launched an archive section on our site so you can catch up on all the latest and greatest from PatientsLikeMe.

Spreading the word is what we do in marketing, and we can say it is has truly been a pleasure telling the world about all that you do and all that you share through PatientsLikeMe.  2011 will only be better.  Thank you and Happy New Year!

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The Patient Rules. A Discussion with the PatientsLikeMe Executives

Posted December 13th, 2010 by

We recently sat down with our executive team here at PatientsLikeMe in our first-ever roundtable-format podcast.  In this PatientsLikeMeOnCallTM interview, we ask Co-founders Ben and Jamie Heywood, Chief Marketing Officer David S. Williams III, and R&D Director Paul Wicks PhD to discuss why our recent series themes are so important to the history and future of PatientsLikeMe.

Blog Series Themes:

  1. “Share and Compare” – where you learned more about how and why patients like you are sharing their health information to put their experiences in context.
  2. “One for All” – including visualizations on how one member of a community can be the catalyst for a universe of unparalleled dialogue and support.

While discussing how patients can continue to drive the health care process, they also help us preview this week’s discussion called “Treat Us Right.”

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In this series, we focus on how you can see if your treatment is right, just by the information shared by patients like you; and how important your shared information is to research efforts – both for academia and industry to learn how they can help each of you make good choices about your treatments.  We’ve heard you tell industry to “Treat Us Right” and we will talk more about it this week.

We kick off “Treat Us Right” week tomorrow with Research Scientist Catherine Brownstein, MPH, PhD describing why it’s critical to compare the PatientsLikeMe communities with the general population of the diseases to begin to assess the validity of treatment outcomes reported on the site.  Stay tuned.

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World AIDS Day 2010: Did you know…

Posted December 1st, 2010 by

Did you know today is World AIDS Day? Thanks to the many different organizations (including those like AIDS.gov) recognizing the day and raising awareness about HIV and AIDS.

Now a few years old, the PatientsLikeMe HIV community currently has more than 2,800 people with HIV sharing their health information to help others learn from their experiences. In honor of today, here’s a snapshot of what patients like you are sharing and learning about in this community.

screen-shot-2010-12-01-at-41455-pmDID YOU ALSO KNOW…

  • You can all find patients like you by searching by CD4 count, viral load, years since infection and more.
  • In a PatientsLikeMe research study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, we revealed:
    • 63% of HIV community members on PatientsLikeMe agreed they had better understanding of the consequences of taking a “drug holiday” after using our site
    • 23% agreed they had decided to start therapy or counseling after interacting with others on the site
    • 29% agreed PatientsLikeMe had helped them decide to start taking antiretroviral drugs
  • PatientsLikeMe research scientist Mike Massagli spoke earlier this year in a PatientsLikeMeOnCallTM podcast interview about the benefits of measuring your quality of life.  How’s your quality of life been recently?  You can measure yours too.

How are our members treating their condition?

  • Members in the HIV community are using more than 793 treatments, including prescription drugs, supplements, over-the-counter medications, life-style modifications, therapies, and more.
  • The top lifestyle modifications reported by our patients includes avoiding alcohol, diet and exercise and stop smoking.
  • The most widely used antiviral drugs (or cocktails) reported by members are AtriplaTruvada and Norvir; the top 3 supplements are Multivitamins, Omega 3 Fish Oil and Vitamin C.

What are their major symptoms?

What are they talking about?

  • Some of the top topics “tagged” in our forum discussions to date include blood counts, support groups, relationships, newly diagnosed patients and side effects.

The Patient Voice | Episode 5: A Little Elbow Grease and a “Can Do” Attitude

Posted November 2nd, 2010 by


I don’t think about what I can’t do,
I think about what I can do.  – Cher441

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Over the past month, we’ve heard several stories about how PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s Disease community members came together online and made a quilt that has traveled all around the world providing warmth, comfort and a sense of unity for each of its recipients. So where is the quilt now and what is it being used for?

I recently sat down with member Cher441, who currently has the quilt. An advocate for raising awareness about Parkinson’s, Cher441 is involved with many support groups including, The Courageous Steps Group, The Parkinson’s Disease Bootcamp group, The Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northeast Region group, as well as several other local awareness groups near her.  Recently, The Courageous Steps and Parkinson’s Disease Bootcamp groups hosted events where Cher441 brought the quilt for everyone to see.

Being a member of so many groups didn’t come easy to Cher441 in the beginning and she credits the connections she has made through PatientsLikeMe as the kick-start for her involvement in everything else.  Listen in to my conversation with Cher441 about how she has been using the quilt to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease.

As this podcast series about the PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s quilt comes to an end, there’s no doubt that the story goes on.  Thank you to all of my guests who have contributed to this first series, including PokieToo, Browncat, VigWig, Aunti J and Cher441.  You’ve warmed and inspired us all with your pieces of this quilt.

Stay tuned for more of The Patient Voice in the coming weeks.

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The Patient Voice | Episode 4: Weaving An Inheritance

Posted October 26th, 2010 by

“I’ve had Parkinson’s for 15 years, and I feel like I can help people more by being vocal than I can by being quiet.” -Aunti J

Stand up and shout! Episode four of our new podcast series, “The Patient Voice,” is here!  For our next interviewee, meet Aunti J.  Like many others who contributed to the quilt, Aunti J wasfeatured in her local newspaper. She was proud to be raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) on behalf of all those represented through their patches on the PatientsLikeMe PD community quilt.

auntij-patch1Aunti J inherited her PD and has been living with it for most of her adult life.  While she has plenty of first-hand experiences with PD, she has also been a caregiver for someone with the disease – her father.  A wealth of knowledge with a big heart, Aunti J makes it a point to share as much as she can about what she has learned. When her father passed away, she came online looking for support and an opportunity to share with others.  The PatientsLikeMe PD community is thrilled that she found us!

With more than 200 patients with inherited PD on PatientsLikeMe, Aunti J was able to find patients just like her.  In fact, she tells a compelling story about how she also found others who were experiencing compulsive disorder as a side effect of their PD and describes feeling as if a weight had been lifted off of her shoulders.

Here is Aunti J’s story on PatientsLikeMeOnCallTM.

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The Patient Voice | Episode 3: When a Community “Becomes Family”

Posted October 19th, 2010 by

“I’ve met a lot of people from all over the world,
we are all one happy family.” – Vigwig

Around and around we go, strap on in for Episode 3 of our podcast series, “The Patient Voice.”   To continue with the PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s Disease (PD) quilt story, our guest today is community member VigWig. A few years back, VigWig underwent surgery for DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation). As word spread throughout the vigwigpatch3community, Vigwig’s online friends arranged for the quilt to be there waiting for him when he returned to his room from surgery.

Inspired by his Parkinson’s “family” (as he calls them), VigWig plays a more active role in the PatientsLikeMe PD community, and in raising awareness about PD. His story was published in the The Courier of Montgomery County, and VigWig submitted quilt patches to Parkinson’s Quilt Project (coordinated by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and displayed at the World Parkinson’s Congress). An honest-to-goodness story about an online “family” rallying together to support one of their own…here is our interview with VigWig.

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The Patient Voice | Episode 2: The Warmth Of A Quilt

Posted October 12th, 2010 by

browncat-patch1“When I saw the quilt, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! It’s beautiful!’…I felt like I was visiting with all of these other people.” – BrownCat87

Wrap yourself up with the PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s Disease quilt and Episode 2 of “The Patient Voice” podcast series. In our first episode, we heard from PokieToo, creator of the PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s Disease quilt, and learned about how it all got started.

Today’s guest is BrownCat87, an active member of the PD community who contributed to the quilt.  In this podcast, BrownCat87 shares about everything from her experiences with depression to how DBS has helped her manage her condition to how this quilt made her feel like she was a part of something special.  Listen in!

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Series Premiere of “The Patient Voice” – Meet Pokie Too!

Posted October 7th, 2010 by

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“This represents my family, we share everything together.”
– PokieToo, PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s Community

“The Patient Voice” is here!  Are you ready to listen in?  Today is the official premiere of our new PatientsLikeMeOnCallTM podcast, “The Patient Voice.”  Our first guest is Parkinson’s community member, PokieToo. Pokie is the founder and creator of the PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s quilt, a handmade and inspiring piece of patchwork pulled together by members all over the world.  A valuable member of the PatientsLikeMe community, Pokie is recognized in the greater Parkison’s community as a leader and advocate.  She has worked a lot with various nonprofits, including as a consultant for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Parkinson’s Quilt Project, and she’s the captain of our members’ Team PatientsLikeMe at the Parkinson’s Disease Unity Walk every year.

As you’ll learn from hearing from other members throughout this series, everyone knows her and loves her.  Pokie is truly an inspiration to everyone she meets. Listen in to learn about how the PatientsLikeMe PD quilt was created, how it’s being used to empower other patients, and why she calls PatientsLikeMe her family.

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