PatientsLikeMe the case for a data-centered patient community and how ALS patients use the community to inform treatment decisions and manage pulmonary health

  title={PatientsLikeMe the case for a data-centered patient community and how ALS patients use the community to inform treatment decisions and manage pulmonary health},
  author={Jeana Frost and Michael Massagli},
  journal={Chronic Respiratory Disease},
  pages={225 - 229}
What happens when patients go online to not only discuss health and daily living but to share detailed health data? PatientsLikeMe© is an online platform where patients with life-altering conditions share structured information about symptoms, treatments, and outcomes, view individual and aggregated reports of these data, and discuss health and garner support on forums and through private messages. In this case study, we describe the components of this platform and how people with Amyotrophic… 

Clinical Questions in Online Health Communities: The Case of "See your doctor" Threads

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Managing the Personal Side of Health: How Patient Expertise Differs from the Expertise of Clinicians

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Tell Me What I Don't Know--Making the Most of Social Health Forums

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Alemtuzumab in Multiple Sclerosis: Lessons from Social Media in Enhancing Patient Care.

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Healthcare and Big Data Management

  • Bairong Shen
  • Medicine
    Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
  • 2017
The conclusion is that the smart patient is attainable and he or she is not merely a patient but more importantly a captain and global manager of one’s own health management, a partner of medical practitioner, and also a supervisor of medical behavior.

A Distributed Collaborative Platform for Personal Health Profiles in Patient-Driven Health Social Network

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White Paper: Personal Health Records: Definitions, Benefits, and Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Adoption

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Finding a new kind of knowledge on the HeartNET website.

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Health related virtual communities and electronic support groups: systematic review of the effects of online peer to peer interactions

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How women with breast cancer learn using interactive cancer communication systems.

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Fostering empowerment in online support groups

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