More new stuff on the web for us patient-types — wow, there’s a lot of them!
* Last week over at Diabetes Daily, Elizabeth and David launched DailyHealth.net — a new “health community covering chronic conditions, dieting, parenting, dating & marriage, yoga,” and a whole lot more. Interestingly, the site will include some free promotional opportunities for doctors and other health professionals. If you’d like to promote your practice, go on over there and contact the organizers.
* HealthLat.com — this is very cool! It’s an independent consumer-driven patient safety report program for all sorts of drugs. Finally, a place where you can easily check other people’s experiences, and report your own. “A highlight of the tool is people with multiple complications can get answers for highly personalized questions like this: ‘How effective is Exubera for a woman around 55-64, 110 lb, who has GERD, is allergic to tree pollen, and is having a saddle nose now?’” Check it out.
* Vitals.com — a new online doctor evaluation service that will proposes to “streamline consumers’ search for ‘Doctor Right’ to a matter of minutes.” For the first time ever, patients will have access to a unified, comprehensive database “containing all the crucial information needed to make an educated decision when choosing a health care provider.”
I like the clear & easy interface. I tried searching for endos in a town near me, and it worked extremely well. According to the press release, Vitals provides “close to 100 million data points on more than 720,000 active U.S. doctors… available at no cost to the user.” Not bad at all.
* Zume Life — a site focused on helping individuals with their health self-care activities. They’re developing a funky product/service (pictured), which is still in the prototype stage, but you can read a little about it or volunteer to be a beta tester here.
Basically they’re hoping to help people:
follow your regimen
useful correlated ways, so you can see what works and what doesn’t, and how your
particular body behaves
automated analyses of your on-going health activities information, and providing
tailored information based on these analyses.
Hmmph, can’t wait to see that in action.
* And then there’s CONFIDANT — developing more mobile communication solutions for chronic disease management. Essentially, this one is a mobile phone-based system that can communicate with multiple home medical devices. So if you have diabetes, for example, you can upload your glucometer readings and other stats (simple info about diet, exercise and medication routine) to share with your provider, in real-time even — if you can find a doc who’d play. I know there are a number of companies developing similar systems, but this one seems particularly confident (heh!) about the broad future of their “solution.”
* On a more political note, check out ChangeNow4Health — an “open community dedicated to improving the nation’s health care system through immediate action.” Basically, a networking and advocacy site for healthcare reform. Consumers, Providers, Employers and Health Plans are all invited to “take action now” by learning, budgeting, embracing technology, yada yada yada. Note that this site was developed and is presumably run by Humana, “one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.3 million medical members.” How clever of them to create an online community site with such an autonomous look and feel. Although their messages aren’t bad, it kind of makes me itchy.
* MedPedia – this one’s still in closed beta. It’s a community of volunteers organizing and building “the world’s best information about medicine, health, and the body.” MedPedia is associated with Harvard Medical School and brags that it “has some of the top people in medicine on its Board of Advisors.” If you’re interested in a taste of this New Age medical encyclopedia, looks like you can download a PalmOS version HERE.
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