PatientsLikeMe is a for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, managing a social media-based health network that supports patients in activities of health data self-reporting and socialization. As of January 2015, the network counts more than 300,000 members and 2,300+ associated conditions and it is one of the most established networks in the health social media space. The web-based system is designed and managed to encourage and enable patients to share data about their health situation and experience.
Differently from most prominent social media sites, the network is not ad-supported. Instead, the business model centers on the sale of anonymized data access and medical research services to commercial organizations (mostly pharmaceutical companies). The organization has been partnering with clients, in order to develop patient communities targeted on a specific disease, or kind of patient experience. In the context of a sponsored project, PatientsLikeMe...
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