A new, really unique health website launches this morning!
HealClick is a warm, social, friendly website. It matches patients who have similar medical conditions up with each other. The idea is to make sharing treatment experiences easier, then to use the resulting online data to fuel new medical research.
The founders of HealClick believe their platform will be most beneficial for poorly-understood, frequently-overlapping neuroimmune and autoimmune conditions. These include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia and Lyme disease.
When patients share information about their condition with each other on HealClick, the data goes to medical research.
Patients who share medical details and post content on HealClick agree that other HealClick members can view their information. Before any data is shared with researchers, HealClick de-identifies it according to HIPAA guidelines. And usernames, pictures, and profiles will never be public.
HealClick’s goal is a patient-driven revolution of personalized research and health. They hope that with a large enough database, they can create new research opportunities and data to help doctors improve early diagnosis and treatment outcomes.
Membership on HealClick is free. There is no advertising, and the site is funded only by the founders and stakeholders who share their vision and aren’t interested in milking patients.
Go ahead! Check it out. Become a member. I did.