Social networking for patients

Since I started working at UAMS, I have been paying closer attention to healthcare and medical sites. I ran across an interesting website last night– patientslikeme. Basically it’s a social network for people diagnosed with serious illnesses. The site says

Thousands of patients with ALS/Motor Neuron Disease, Devic’s NMO, HIV, Mood Conditions, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), MSA, Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and PSP use PatientsLikeMe to better manage their overall health, treatments, and symptoms.

It’s truly an amazing concept for an online community where people can share everything from diagnoses and treatments to how their families are handling their condition.

Streaming live from my life

I got a new Blackberry Bold and it is compatible with the qik live video streaming service so you can check out my latest live video on my qik page or follow me on twitter and check in live whenever you see the live streaming note.

The video quality is decent (320 x 240) for the web, but it is dependent on the quality of the video camera/lens on your cell phone and the speed of your data connection on the cell phone.

When I worked at the newspaper, we played around a lot with qik and it just came available for Blackberries that have video camera built it in– also, it works a lot better on phones with a 3G connection that have a faster data service.