PatientsLikeMe

By Jonah Comstock October 5, 2015
MedWatcher, from Epidemico. We've written before about Epidemico, a startup that grew out of the Boston Children's Hospital's work on combing social media for medical and health data. Today at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Greg Powell, director of pharmacovigilance at GlaxoSmithKline, talked about how the pharma company uses the data it collects from its partnership...
By Jonah Comstock June 24, 2015
A small study of veterans with epilepsy, conducted by PatientsLikeMe and sponsored by pharmaceutical company UCB, shows that an online patient community can increase self-efficacy and self-management of patients. The study was published in the journal Neurology. A total of 92 patients enrolled in the study and completed a six-month follow up survey, while an additional 157 consented to...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2015
A recent column in the Harvard Business Review says that two kinds of business strategies will dominate in the gold rush-like healthcare economy of the future: Goldminers and Bartenders. "The Goldminer strategy will typically involve vertically integrated players (large institutions like insurers, hospitals, and physicians’ groups) creating medical value by better managing the health of the...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2015
A study last year found that many people reported adverse drug events on Twitter. Online patient community PatientsLikeMe has found another partner for its massive repository of patient-generated data on health conditions and treatments, but it's not another pharma company or retail pharmacy. PatientsLikeMe has announced a research partnership with the FDA: The agency will assess the platform'...
By Jonah Comstock May 26, 2015
Cambridge-based online patient community business PatientsLikeMe is teaming up with Boston-area health system Partners HealthCare to provide information and insights from PLM's platform to Partners' patients. “We’re excited to work with such an esteemed health system to help patients and their care teams have a more complete understanding of patients’ whole health experience, and to support...
By Brian Dolan May 13, 2015
Jawbone President Sameer Samat Jawbone has hired Sameer Samat as its new president. Samat was most recently VP of Product Management at Google, where he was responsible for Google Shopping and Google Express. The news comes shortly after Jawbone announced it was working with American Express to add payment features to Jawbone devices. Google has hired cardiologist Dr. Jessica Mega away from ...
By Jonah Comstock May 6, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital's HealthMap A new editorial in Nature Biotech poses the idea of the "digital phenotype" as a catch-all term for the trail of relevant health data people leave behind in their interactions with the internet, social media, and technology, which has largely untapped potential for the early detection of various conditions. CareMore Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sachin Jain...
By Jonah Comstock April 15, 2015
Boston-based patient network PatientsLikeMe announced two pieces of pharma news this week: a five-year research collaboration deal with AstraZeneca and the results of a multiple sclerosis wearable study conducted in collaboration with Biogen. The PatientsLikeMe-AstraZeneca deal is similar to one the company struck with Genentech last Spring. AstraZeneca will have full access to PatientsLikeMe's...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2015
Since Walgreens merged with UK drugstore chain Boots last year, the company has been ramping up its digital strategy and has announced a slew of strategic partnerships with companies like Qualcomm Life, WebMD, MDLive, and PatientsLikeMe. Walgreens President and Walgreens Boots Alliance EVP Alex Gourlay, who transitioned over from Boots in the merger, spoke at HIMSS this week in Chicago about each...
By Aditi Pai February 19, 2015
The University of San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) data sharing initiative, called Health Data Exploration (HDE), has awarded a total of $200,000 to five projects that aim to use aggregated personal health data to advance research. Some of the projects involve big digital health names like Fitbit, RunKeeper, and PatientsLikeMe. Calit2,...

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