“People often think of PatientsLikeMe as a social network, and I think what they miss is the fundamental part of our invention. What we’re really building is the first medical record designed to answer questions directly for patients. Not to do billing, not to do some other component of the healthcare system. To actually answer questions for patients.
Paul Wicks, the Vice President of Innovation at PatientsLikeMe, put down this question: ‘Given my status, what is the best outcome I can hope to achieve, and how can I get there?’ Another way of saying that – because I think that reflects our real mission – is how do we collect all of the meaningful health variables that will allow us to predict the patient’s future and give them the tools to understand how to improve that and all of the elements they care about in their lives?”
“We’re just getting started on a long road to really impact your individual disease and your quality of life…”
Each week this month, we’ll be posting a video interview with a member of the PatientsLikeMe executive team. You’ll hear from Ben Heywood, Jamie Heywood, David S. Williams and Paul Wicks, Ph.D. about what the recent changes to PatientsLikeMe mean for patients, research, industry and the entire medical establishment.
Today, listen in to hear what Ben has to say about why we’re on this “road,” what has been improved with the recent upgrades and how sharing your own health journey moves us forward. You can also see last week’s video teaser here.