The advancement and popularity of patient communities online is an international phenomenon. This panel examines communities in different cultures, languages and context, and shows what impact they have on care delivery in different countries-and what the internationalization of information means for patients and doctors.
Neil revolutionized the UK medical community in 1998 when he founded Doctors.net.uk. Now he’s behind iWantGreatCare.org which allows local communities to rate and review doctors, dentists, hospitals, medicines and care homes. Whilst this has made some of his fellow British doctors a touch grumpy (well in some cases more than a touch), Neil’s finding that several providers are very interested in discovering much more about the views of their patients and can use that data to make management decisions.
Howard has lived with type 1 diabetes since age 10, and wrote Jackie’s Got Game!, a children’s book about diabetes. So it’s not surprising that dLife’s multi-media strategy combines its community site with dLifeTV, iPhone app and management tool, and outreach programs. Margaret is a UPenn psychiatry professor who runs two major studies on childhood obesity prevention.
They are here together to tell you about what we think is the first formal collaboration between a Health 2.0 online community and a major integrated delivery system, aimed at really seeing the impact of online community and management tools on the lives of people with diabetes.