Protected Health Information. HIPAA. Patient Privacy. The language of healthcare is becoming harder to understand and doesn’t fit into our daily vocabulary. That’s even true in family life sometimes. When it came to my family’s medical history (which included mental illness, heart disease, alcoholism and a host of related conditions) my grandmother never spoke openly about it.
In other areas of our lives, we benefit from sharing every day, whether using a Yelp review to find a restaurant or – finding a room on AirBnB. Why not use those same principles to make our healthcare system better? Let’s use the power of our own real-world experiences to help others be more informed. Being secretive and private has not helped combat spiraling costs, limited information on quality and an increasing sense of alienation from the system as a whole. Sharing our own experiences can inform and influence change in healthcare. It’s not just for restaurants.
At CoPatient, we believe that sharing medical billing information gets right to the heart of consumers’ frustration with healthcare costs. And now, we’ve got a partner that also believes sharing is the best way to changed healthcare for good. PatientsLikeMe is a free online resource where more than 220,000 patients are sharing their real-world experiences on more than 2,000 different conditions. Members are tracking their health with personalized profiles, learning from others just like them and contributing to real-time research that can accelerate treatment and care advancements.
Every experience matters, so the more you share, the better it is for everyone, including you. It’s a group effort, and we’re all in this together. Join the healthcare revolution on today.