11 posts from November, 2013

NurseTogether.com partners with PatientsLikeMe

Posted November 21st, 2013 by

 

 

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November 20, 2013, Charlotte, NC — NurseTogether.com, one of the premier online communities for nurses, today announced it has signed a marketing partnership with the patient network PatientsLikeMe to support and promote the importance of the nurse-to-patient care relationship. The websites will share content such as blog posts, articles and speeches on patient-related issues.

“The foundation of our modern healthcare system has been built on the strong relationship between the nursing community as primary caregivers and the patients they serve,” said Jenny SolCruz, Vice President of Community at NurseTogether.com. “With this agreement, we’re empowering nurses with a wealth of information and resources that will help better manage the challenges they face every day.”

PatientsLikeMe unites people living with chronic diseases and conditions online so they can track their health, learn more about disease, and connect with others. “We’re excited to help those at the very forefront of quality care learn from a wider range of patient experiences,” said Sally Okun RN, Vice President of Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety at PatientsLikeMe. “Connecting our communities online will create a powerful resource for both nurses and patients.”

About NurseTogether.com
Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NurseTogether.com is one of the fastest-growing, free online professional communities for nurses. Specializing in unique nursing lifestyle, career and professional development information, NurseTogether.com’s mission is to empower the nursing community through top-quality original content from experts, interactive web-based social media tools, and value-added services through key strategic partnerships in a variety of nursing and lifestyle disciplines.


World Parkinson’s Congress recap

Posted November 18th, 2013 by

Here at PatientsLikeMe, we always look forward to hopping on the road and visiting you, the members who generously share personal health journeys so everyone can learn to live better, together. Recently, Molly (she’s part of your Community Team), Brad and Jim (part of our Partner Marketing team) drove north to Montreal to attend the World Parkinson’s Congress with a few PatientsLikeMe members, and they wanted to take a quick second to report back on the experience. Check it out.
 


Off to MontrealThe World Parkinson’s Congress is designed to create a worldwide dialogue to expedite a treatment or cure for Parkinson’s Disease. It was amazing to see physicians and scientists, alongside health care professionals and nonprofits, connecting with patients and caregivers. It was a wonderful conference, and we were glad to be among the more than 3,300 participants who gathered in Montreal.

We couldn’t have picked a better setting than Old Montreal to meet with four of our Parkinson’s community members – Aunti_J, Sap011235, Sunshine221, and Red Hat Queen. They all attended the conference and joined us for a wonderful dinner at Chez L’Epicier. The cobblestone streets, gorgeous historic buildings and an unseasonably warm evening set the scene for exquisite French cuisine with new friends.

But the setting couldn’t hold a candle to the experience of meeting PatientsLikeMe members in person. After reading their forum posts, answering their questions, and hearing about their experiences with Parkinson’s for well over a year on the website, I was eager to give them a big hug in real life. We talked travel, DBS, support groups, community walks, and perhaps most poignantly, how and why each person joined PatientsLikeMe. Aunti_J left us with this touching memory of how she found PatientsLikeMe:

“I had to retire from my work about 2 years after I was diagnosed and I really felt like I was going home to die. I spent an entire year feeling so depressed. Then I found PatientsLikeMe and within a half an hour, I felt like this weight was lifted off my shoulders. I felt like I found ‘me’ again.”

Aunti_J joined in 2008 and continues to be a warm and welcoming voice in the community for all Parkinson’s patients who are sharing their journey at PatientsLikeMe.

The goodbyes came too quickly, the hugs were worth more than the distances we all traveled to get to them, and when we returned to our “real” communities at home, and to our virtual family on PatientsLikeMe, we carried with us the realization that we truly do live better, together.

PatientsLikeMe member MollyCotter