From Community Analysis to Prototype: Creating an Online Matchmaker for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients



Since about five years, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, Cambridge, U.S., and the Chronic Collaborative Care Network (C3N) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, U.S., have been working together to improve care for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients by harnessing methods of computational social science. The goal of this contribution is (1) to present an approach in measuring communication patterns and sentiments within online communities of IBD patients, (2) to analyze the enablers for a better connectedness of community members, and (3) to introduce a prototype application of a collective intelligent online network for IBD patients, named “YouMeIBD”. The mobile application, developed within an interdisciplinary student class at MIT and four other universities, aims to improve the connectedness, well-being and diffusion of innovations in a community of IBD patients.


Social network analysis Sentiment analysis Coolhunting Patient community Collaborative innovation network Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Witten/Herdecke UniversityWittenGermany
  2. 2.MIT Center for Collective IntelligenceMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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