|Description||Social Networks Chronic Conditions|
MyHealthTeams is a San Francisco-based company building deeply engaging social networks for people facing chronic health conditions in the U.S. Combining the social elements of a Facebook with the hyper-local recommendations of a Yelp, MyHealthTeams makes it easy for consumers to:
Co-founder by Eric Peacock and Mary Ray, MyHealthTeams’ flagship site, MyAutismTeam officially launched in December 2011. The beta of MyBCTeam was released mid-May 2012.
MyHealthTeams is filling a void for nearly 150MM people in the U.S. suffering from chronic health conditions who need to find the best local providers and connect with a network of others who have been in their shoes. According to a recent study by The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, one in four internet users living with chronic conditions say they have gone online to find others with similar health concerns.
When you or a loved one are diagnosed with a chronic condition or disease, many people find it’s not easy to find local resources that can best help you. If you ask anyone impacted by autism, breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, infertility, or other chronic conditions, they will describe it as a “painfully frustrating” experience that is “lonely” and similar to “reinventing the wheel.”
Many turn online for help but most health content on the web today focuses on everything except for the social and local aspects – the part where a person actually takes action to tackle their condition. Through a strong technology platform, MyHealthTeams answers this unmet need by creating specific social networks for those who have a chronic condition and need a safe place to openly share their own experiences and resources.
|Launch Date||June 20, 2011|
MyAutismTeam is a social network and review site aimed at connecting parents of children with autism with each other as well as over 30,000 autism-service providers. On the social side, the site allows for status updates in response to a “How is your day?” prompt and captures conversations in a wall-like format. Users can generate a profile for each child with ASD and fill out a story page, which is a questionnaire aimed at giving more background information about the user’s life with autism. Groups are called teams and can consist of both parents and providers.
Beyond social options, the site also allows for users to review providers, which are primarily healthcare-focused, but can include restaurants, stores, and organizations that are “autism friendly.” While parents can share their personal experiences with local providers on a variety of other sites, the MyAutismTeam platform keeps that information close and relevant.
Finally, a Q+A section allows a user to post any question to the community at large and answer other parent’s questions. Parents can also rate useful answers and search for questions. This feature alone may be the most important part of the site because it allows parents to quickly get information rather than wading through huge quantities of information found at other sites.
Altogether, the design of MyAutismTeam.com combines the essential components of a social network, a user review site, and a forum to generate an experience that is personalized and highly functional.
|Launch Date||June 20, 2012|