12 posts from July, 2012

What Is Big Data?

Posted July 25th, 2012 by

Can Big Data Put Patients on Top?

Big data” is being discussed in the media quite a bit these days.  But what exactly is it?

Generally speaking, it’s a data set that’s extremely large and complex, thus requiring advanced technology to turn it into meaningful insights.  Yet there’s a good reason to try to collect and interpret it.  Simply put, big data can reveal correlations and trends that you couldn’t spot otherwise.  As a result, it has the potential to greatly enhance our understanding of disease, crime, traffic, economics and more.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 200,000 members are sharing data on their symptoms, treatments and conditions, we’re a perfect example of big data in action.  That’s why our team is constantly working on developing the tools needed for you and fellow members to learn from the data that you’re all sharing about your condition(s).  Ultimately, our goal is to empower you with the real-world knowledge and big data needed to make informed decisions and achieve the best health outcomes possible.

Want to learn more about the big data movement?  Check out this roundup of recent articles discussing how big data is poised to transform the health care industry:

Big Changes Are Ahead for the Health Care Industry, Courtesy of Big Data
Fast Company, June 18, 2012

Big Data Can Save Health Care—But at What Cost to Privacy?
The Atlantic Weekly, May 25, 2012

The Health Care Industry Turns to Big Data
BusinessWeek, May 17, 2012

Health Care Is Next Frontier for Big Data
Wall Street Journal, January 19, 2012

What do you think about the excitement surrounding big data?


Marcia Hirst: Don’t Let Multiple Sclerosis Take the Joy Out of Your Life

Posted July 23rd, 2012 by

“The benefit of sharing on PatientsLikeMe is the support.  For me, it doesn’t matter what I’m going through, there are people there that understand.  They’re not judgmental.  They get it.  They’re there too.  I get lots of emotional moral support.”

Multiple Sclerosis Patient Marcia

Back in June, we shared with you a video interview with PatientsLikeMe member Lissa that was conducted by our partner Patient Power.  Today, we’re pleased to present a second Patient Power interview with another member, Marcia Hirst.  A wife and mother of 11 children, Marcia, 52, has been living with multiple sclerosis (MS) since she was a young girl – although she didn’t know it at the time.

Check out her moving interview below to find out about the lifelong adjustments she’s made due to MS and learn why “the puzzle pieces are coming together” now that she’s discovered a community of 28,000+ MS patients at PatientsLikeMe.

Marcia Hirst: Don’t Let Multiple Sclerosis Take The Joy Out of Your Life from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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Enjoying these Patient Power interviews?  Stay tuned for others as the series continues.