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Monday, January 18, 2010

Health Social Networking - Social Networking for Patients

A Social Network is a social structure made of individuals which are tied by some specific type of relations like profession, idea, vision etc., Social Networks play a critical role in our daily lives.

In this post, I collected all Social Networking websites related to Health and intended for patients.

  • Indian Patient Foundation - Indian Patient Foundation is a health based social network of people sharing their disease experiences, treatment options, knowledge and giving support to other people suffering from similar health problems. Its a place to talk about how to live well with disease, ask questions, share information about what is working for you, get sympathy, exchange ideas, request and recommend the best doctors, support and friendship from other patients suffering from the same disease. You can also talk about what drugs, herbs, supplements and alternative methods work. By sharing your health experiences, you can help others and improve their quality of life. Indian Patient Foundation Support Groups help you to overcome the health problem by networking with people all around the world who have a similar health problem. Even volunteers, caregivers and medical professionals can join and throw a helpful advice and cheer up a fellow human being. Indian Patient Foundation is just a hub connecting people from all around the world to share their health experiences and seek help.

  • PatientsLikeMe - PatientsLikeMe is a privately funded company dedicated to making a difference in the lives of patients diagnosed with life-changing diseases. PatientsLikeMe goal is to enable people to share information that can improve the lives of patients diagnosed with life-changing diseases.

  • Heart Patients - Heart Patients is a social support group for people suffering from Heart Diseases worldwide.

  • IAN Community - The IAN Community is an online environment designed to act as an inviting library and meeting place where everyone concerned with autism spectrum disorders can learn more about autism research. Everyone can participate and benefit from the IAN Community.

  • CareCommunity - CareCommunity offers free caregiving tools and resources to help you care for your loved one.

  • Webtribes - Webtribes is a network of online community support sites for people who suffer from life-consuming ailments.

  • Cancer Support Community - People who care about someone with cancer can become active participants in enhancing health and wellness for themselves and their loved ones and nurture their relationships through and beyond the cancer experience.

  • iCareCafe - iCareCafe is a global social network for patients, their families and friends.

  • Starbright World - Starbright World is an online social network where teens (ages 13 to 20) who have serious medical conditions, and siblings of seriously ill teens, can connect with each other via moderated chat rooms, games, bulletin boards, videos, and more.

  • Inspire - Inspire connects patients, families, friends, caregivers and health professionals for health and wellness support. Inspire works with trusted health partners to build safe and secure health and wellness groups.

  • iMedix -iMedix is a free website that helps you find and share health information. Members of the iMedix community share their experiences and rank medical content in order to make health information personal, organized and accessible to everyone.

  • DiabeticConnect - DiabeticConnect is a social network for diabetics and their families.

  • Disaboom - Disaboom.com strives to provide you the tools and guidance you need to live active, engaged lives. But when it comes to sharing stories and personal insights, there’s nothing stronger than the power of community – which is why we’re connecting the millions touched by disability to both information and each other.

  • MedHelp - MedHelp is the pioneer in online health communities. The MedHelp site connects people with the leading medical experts and others who have similar experiences.

  • Real Mental Health - RealMentalHealth.com is the first social networking site focusing on mental health treatment and wellness. The online community includes individuals, their family members, loved ones and friends who want to easily and interactively obtain knowledge about symptoms and treatments in a supportive community environment.

  • Breast Cancer - Discussion forums, topics, and posts. Read what others have posted about dealing with side effects, getting support, and hear their experiences. Join this online support group and submit your questions to the community today!

  • Wellescent - Wellescent.com is a free health community that exists to help people easily connect and support each other.

  • CureTogether - Compare your symptoms, choose treatments and uncover triggers that might be affecting you. Get ideas you can bring to your doctor. Track your progress toward feeling better and connect with others working on the same health issues.

  • MyHopeSpace - Offering cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, family members, and their cancer support network an easy way to communicate and share their stories, their struggles, and their accomplishments with other members.

  • Trusera - Trusera is an online health network platform where you can find and share real-world experiences. Share your story and experience the Power of Been There™.

  • Healia - Healia Communities helps you make better health decisions by enabling you to connect with people like yourself who’ve experienced your situation.

  • GroupLoop - Online support for teens with cancer.

  • myHealthSpace - myHealthSpace is a social networking utility that connects people within the alternative and complementary health space. It allows practitioners, suppliers, professional bodies, clinics, therapists, customers and the general public interact with one another, share information, discuss experiences and create networks with people.

  • SteadyHealth - SteadyHealth.com presents a health-related internet community intended for users to educate themselves on health related aspects, share their experiences and exchange access to valuable health-related resources.

  • FacetoFace Health - FacetoFace Health is your trusted health community for connecting one-on-one with others who share similar health experiences. Share your story, and find others, quickly and privately.

  • MedicalEra - MedicalEra.com is more than just a health portal, it is a social networking site for serious health concerned individuals.

  • Wellsphere - In addition to connecting users with a wealth of personalized information and the most knowledgeable, caring community on the Web, Wellsphere provides an innovative suite of tools – for free – to enable users to take steps to improve their health.

  • MyHealthExperience - MyHealthExperience.com is a website that is dedicated to helping healthcare consumers like yourself learn from other people's experiences. At MyHealthExperience.com you can blog, chat and post to forums about your healthcare needs. In return, you'll meet like-minded individuals in your virtual neighborhood with whom you can share both good and bad experiences.

  • HealthSphere - HealthSphere unique integration of vertical search, social networking and health tools provides you with the most powerful means for discovering the way to better health.

  • MDJunction - MDJunction is an active center for Online Support Groups, a place where thousands of patients meet every day to discuss their feelings, questions and hopes with like minded friends.

  • HopeCube - Four simple words, one powerful idea. Never before has the concept of community, support, self-expression, information, advice, been more important or relevant. In the struggle against adversity, facing a health crisis no one saw coming, patience, understanding - even a simple "I know where you're coming from" - makes all the difference.

  • I'M TOO YOUNG FOR THIS! - i[2]y exists to ensure that every young adult affected by cancer is given access to the best age-appropriate support they are entitled to in order to get busy living at every stage of their survivorship.

  • WeAre.Us - Patient-led, positive, and private health communities dedicated to patients, family, friends, and caregivers of those coping with chronic, life-shaping illnesses and conditions.

  • eHealthForum - Medical questions? Find answers to your medical questions in doctor supported communities. Take control of your health now. Search by side effect, symptom, disease or syndrome.

  • WiserTogether - WiserTogether is a smart, easy, secure Web-based tool designed to help users explore their options and make decisions. WiserTogether’s technology uses techniques rooted in science and math to quickly present data and information that is relevant to you.

  • OneRecovery - OneRecovery welcomes you to our safe, healthy and healing community of individuals in recovery from alcoholism, drug abuse and eating disorders. Connect with a strong support network to strengthen your recovery journey.

  • PeopleJam - PeopleJam offers an ever growing collection of the Self-Improvement resources that are available to you, each of which is reviewed and rated by real people who have used them. Our members share their experiences so you can find out what truly works – and what truly doesn't. We also offer blogs, articles and videos with specific advice from professionals and peers that can help you make better decisions every single day.

  • LiveStrong - A forum to discuss all elements of an active lifestyle -- including yoga practices, exercise moves, and strength training techniques. Fans of recreational and outdoor sports can also discuss everything from baseball and basketball to climbing a mountain and cycling competitively. Dare to be active.

  • ToolsToLife - ToolsToLife is a global leader in social networking self-development programs. From Day 1 be informed, motivated and supported by like-minded community as you take daily action toward the life you want. Whether you are sixteen or sixty, an accomplished professional or just graduating high school, this is your companion in effective change and growth. Completely free of charge, TOOLS offers an amazing range of interactive, Internet-based self-help programs. You will also have all the Tools and group support you need as you reach for the stars. Because we believe you can, we help you achieve whatever dreams you seek.

  • RareShare - RareShare is a unique social hub building communities for patients, families, and healthcare professionals affected by rare disorders.

  • MyCancerPlace - My Cancer Place is the only place to join a community of people with cancer, share information, give and receive support, learn from the experiences of others, and create a free web page with text and photos that you can change anytime.

  • MentalHealthSocial - MentalHealthSocial helps you to connect with people who have a mental illness.

  • Connect2Change - Connect2Change.org is a social network for health promotion advocates. We invite you to join us, to share your learning, to collaborate, to debate, to discover, and to realise with us a vision of HPR 2.0.

If you come across any health social networking site which is not on the list, please do drop the URL in the comments section. I will add it to the list as early as possible.

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BuddhaBen said...

Hey there, you should add: Know Cancer (www.knowcancer.com) - Social Network, Information Hub and Cancer Resource Directory.

Ramandeep Arora said...

Dear Dr Karturi

Your blog and your website(s) make interesting reading. Well done for all this work. I am new in the blogosphere and have recently started writing my first blog (http://childhoodcancerindia.blogspot.com)

Best wishes

Unknown said...


Please add www.cocoonhealth.co.uk to your list


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