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March 2011 | Page 2 of 9 | PatientsLikeMe
“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
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!
This Spring, as you’re out at disease-related fundraiser events, take note of the people in those bright blue t-shirts walking, running or biking by your side.Those are patients like you!
Since its launch in 2009, more than 1,700 people (including patients, friends and family members) have taken part in the PatientsLikeMeInMotion™ program to raise money and awareness for various conditions. Here are some fun facts about PatientsLikeMeInMotion and a video of some of our members who have participated.
2009 Quick Facts
2009 marked the debut of the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program.
Approximately 40 PatientsLikeMe members signed up teams to participate in PatientsLikeMeInMotion and led more than 700 people on PatientsLikeMe teams across the United States.
So, what will 2011 look like for PatientsLikeMeInMotion? That’s entirely up to you!Do you have an awareness event in your area you would like to be a part of? Sign your run/walk/bike team up for PatientsLikeMeInMotion and count on us to support you – both online and off!