PatientsLikeMe, the leading treatment and outcome sharing website for people with life-changing conditions, has been recognized by Business 2.0 and CNN Money.com as one of their 2007 “Next Disruptors: 15 Companies That Will Change The World“. “We are honored to receive this recognition. However, we know we still have much to do in order to achieve our mission of helping patients learn from shared real-world outcomes so we can all contribute to finding the best treatment options,” explains co-founder and CEO, Benjamin Heywood. PatientsLikeMe has taken an extraordinary position regarding patient data believing that openness and sharing, rather than strict privacy, is the best way for people to take control of their health care, improve outcomes, and accelerate research. The company has its Openness Philosophy posted on its website for anyone to view. PatientsLikeMe also shares aggregated data from its members in order to share data with the world, recently announcing their data repository in ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
As you’ve probably noticed, the PatientsLikeMe homepage has had an extreme makeover! The purpose of the redesign was to make our site more personable and inviting. We wanted to put a face on PatientsLikeMe – your face. We also wanted to remove the barriers for those who prefer to take a look around before joining. The results are already indicating that we made the right call. In the week following the new homepage launch, page views increased a staggering 53%. Needless to say, we are very pleased with how this step has opened the doors to our site. A big thank you to everyone who has converted to a public profile – you’re already making a huge difference!