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Washington Post Article: Patients Learn from Patients on Health Sites

Posted Oct 19 2009 10:04pm

In today’s Washington Post, there’s an interesting article titled “Web health sites harness power of social networks.” Check it out online at http://tinyurl.com/ykqc2xr. The article is written by V. Dion Haynes. Here’s small excerpt from the article:

“Online health sites have been booming in the past five years, experts say, driven by the popularity of social networking and patients’ desire to become more empowered in the increasingly complex medical field. Many of the sites have recently experienced heavy traffic from users seeking information on the H1N1 virus. Officials of the Health 2.0 Conference, which tracks the industry, estimate that the number of such sites climbed to nearly 500 from about 35 four years ago.” (Source: The Washington Post, October 19, 2009)

The article mentions a number of online health sites including WiserTogether ( http://www.wisertogether.com ), Inspire, PatientsLikeMe, HealthCentral, Everyday Health, Revolution Health  and CureTogether. These sites are transforming the way consumers and patients research health issues. If you’re not familiar with them, I urge you to go online and see what your patients are experiencing.

Thanks to my friend Ann Nickels at University Health Systems for bringing this article to my attention.

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

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