2 posts tagged “PatientsLikeMe newsletter”

A Peek at Our July Newsletter for Members

Posted August 3rd, 2011 by

What kinds of things do we cover in our monthly newsletters for members? Take a look at the excerpt below from our July edition. Also, in case you didn’t know, anyone – whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not – can view our current and past newsletters in our Newsletter Archive.  See what we’ve been up to recently, and if you are member who’s not opted in to the newsletter, sign up today.

MONTHLY MUSINGS

How can you stay connected with PatientsLikeMe – and other patients?

Let’s say you’re a new member. You’ve completed your profile, but you haven’t connected with that many other patients yet. Some weeks, you forget to check in and update things at PatientsLikeMe because life gets in the way. What can do you to stay on top of your profile as well as what patients like you are learning? Here are four easy ways to get more involved and stay better connected:

Saved Searches at PatientsLikeMe

Saved Search Alerts
On the Patients tab, you can search for patients just like you using filters such as condition, gender, age, treatment and more. Now, you can also save your searches and get an email notification anytime someone who meets your search criteria joins. Simply click the yellow bell icon to turn on these alerts.

Profile Update Reminders
Things happen with your health all the time – not just on the day you’ve got a doctor’s appointment. Why not sign up to get regular email prompts to update your profile? It’ll help you capture subtle changes, spot emerging patterns and have a complete record for your Doctor Visit Sheet.

Mobile InstantMe Update
Has something with your health put you in a good or bad mood today? Update your InstantMe survey on the go using your iPhone/iPad. (See “This Month’s Site Improvements” below for more details on this new application (or “app”), currently available to three-star members.

Thread/Profile Subscriptions
Have you noticed that certain PatientsLikeMe members have a similar health status as you…but are trying a different treatment? Follow their experiences with other treatments by “subscribing” to their profiles and/or forum threads. Their updates will then automatically feed to your homepage.

THIS MONTH’S SITE IMPROVEMENTS

Thanks for your awesome feedback as we continue working to improve our site. In this section, we’ll keep you up-to-date on new tools and features designed to make your PatientsLikeMe experience even better.

Here are our top functionality enhancements for July:

InstantMe Mobile App for iPhone/iPad

Are you an iPhone or iPad user? We have taken the first steps towards an app that will allow you to update your InstantMe survey on the go! No matter where you are, you can now share how you’re feeling and why.

Before rolling it out to everyone, we’re first giving our three-star members access to this app to help us test it out. (If you earn three stars, you’ll automatically see the button to download the app on your profile.)  Stay tuned as we work to expand this new and exciting functionality to all members as well as other types of mobile devices.

Last month, we introduced our clinical trial search feature, and since then, you’ve given us a lot of helpful feedback. Thank you! Here are some of our recent upgrades based on your input.

New Clinical Trial Search Options

  • Now you can select “Dismiss All” to clear out a large number of clinical trial matches – instead of having to delete them individually.
  • Want to search “closed trials” that are no longer actively enrolling? Now you can do that too. This is helpful for past trial participants as well as those taking a drug that may be under investigation.

A Peek at Our June Newsletter for Members

Posted July 1st, 2011 by

What kinds of things do we cover in our monthly newsletters for members? Take a look at the excerpt below from our June edition. Also, in case you didn’t know, anyone – whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not – can view our current and past newsletters in our Newsletter Archive. See what we’ve been up to over the last few rather eventful months, and if you are member who’s not opted in to the newsletter, sign up today.

MONTHLY MUSINGS

How do you find a clinical trial that’s right for you?

There are currently more than 30,000 actively recruiting clinical trials in the US. How do you stay on top of which ones you might be A) interested in, B) eligible for and C) within driving distance of?

PatientsLikeMe's Advanced Search Options for Clinical Trials

It sounds like a tall order, but thanks to our new clinical trial search feature, it’s not. Now, you can search real-time listings on our Clinical Trials page (which pulls directly from ClinicalTrials.gov) and bookmark any trials of interest. Beyond parameters such as disease, age, gender and zip code, our search filters allow you to customize your search by keyword, trial phase, type of intervention and the distance to the nearest trial site.

Clinical Trials Link on Every Patient Profile

Too busy to do regular searches? No problem. We have added a new link on your profile that shows the number of actively recruiting trials you may be eligible for based on your profile data. That way, you’ll get a heads up any time you log on to your profile. Simply click through to see what they are, who else at PatientsLikeMe may be eligible, where the study locations are (in helpful map form) and how to enroll.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? We thought that’s how it should be, which is why we’ve been working hard to make this feature to available to you. Turns out others think it’s a pretty great idea too. We were recently honored with the “Best in Show” award at the 2nd Annual Health Data Initiative Forum for this innovative service.

THIS MONTH’S SITE IMPROVEMENTS

We are constantly working to improve our site. In this section, we’ll keep you up-to-date on new tools and features designed to make your PatientsLikeMe experience even better.

Here are our top functionality enhancements for June:

New Alert Tools for Saved Patient Searches

Ever wonder if any new patients like you have joined the site? Now you can be alerted by email when there are new results to a saved patient search. Simply click the alert button (the bell icon) next to your saved search to receive notifications.

For instance, want to know when a new patient taking a particular treatment joins? Easy. Create a saved search for that treatment and click the alert button.

PatientsLikeMe "Checkup" Reminder Emails

The best way to see how your treatments, symptoms and conditions are affecting your overall health is to keep your profile up-to-date. Sign up today to receive reminder emails that make it quick and easy to keep your profile current. If you already receive these notifications, you’ll see we’ve updated them a bit.