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HealthUnlocked launches online peer support for self-isolated people


London, United Kingdom
– In the midst of the recent updates on COVID-19, HealthUnlocked has created a new online health community to provide peer support to people who will be self-isolating in the next few months. HealthUnlocked, the world’s largest social network for health, currently brings together 1.2   million people, across 300+ health conditions within 600 online communities. The Positive Wellbeing During Self-Isolation community will be a space for people to connect with others and find companionship during these times of uncertainty across the globe – especially for more vulnerable senior members of society who require shielding from COVID-19.

It is important that people who are in self-isolation focus on their mental and physical health,   while we focus on fighting this global pandemic together. The community will allow individuals to share their tips, advice, and experiences on how to keep healthy. By helping people tackle social isolation, we also aim to relieve the healthcare system. Our aim is that this online support will complement the condition-specific advice members get from their other communities on HealthUnlocked, as well as their physicians. The community is not there to provide updated medical advice, but to ensure the shielded get the support they need while in isolation, and to protect them from the consequences that may arise from being detached from society. The community already has over 1,000 new members – many of whom are over 65 years old. One member wrote, “If anyone needs advice about how you can cope with being at home a   lot or alone I might be able to advise about strategies etc”

HealthUnlocked are also working closely with a network of 500+ Patient Advocacy Groups to provide support to members in condition-specific communities. A significant part of that support is referring people to validated sources like the NHS and the World Health   Organisation. Jorge Armanet, CEO and Founder at HealthUnlocked said: “At HealthUnlocked we are not only in a unique position to help the healthcare system in these challenging times, but it is also our duty and great privilege to do so. Our focus will remain on what we know best,   helping people to tackle social isolation so we can relieve the healthcare system support   burden.”

   About HealthUnlocked  

● HealthUnlocked is the world’s largest online support network with 1.2 million members across the globe and growing.

● The social network allows users to join moderated online health communities where people with the same health conditions can share experiences and access trusted health information, curated by patient advocacy groups.

● HealthUnlocked provides 600 online health and wellbeing communities, across more than 250 different health conditions.

● HealthUnlocked can be accessed both on the web and as an iOS mobile application.

CONTACT :
Leilah van der Schyff
Marketing at HealthUnlocked
leilah@healthunlocked.com

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48% of people report better interactions with healthcare professionals since joining HealthUnlocked

London, United Kingdom, Dec 2019 – People living with one or more chronic conditions are looking for alternative ways, other than traditional care, to help support their health.

The large number of people living with a long term condition is increasing year on year – 25 million₁ in the UK and 133 million₂ in the USA. Presently, this growing population are visiting primary care for support with managing their condition, as a result of them struggling to navigate or access social care.

Our annual user survey examines the behaviour of patients who have participated in an online health community with the goal of improving their quality of life while living with a chronic health condition. This year we surveyed nearly 7,000 people where 84% are over 50 years old and 89% of the population have at least one ongoing health condition.

Our findings from this survey suggest that an increasing number of people are looking for information elsewhere, and expect to be signposted to this information by their primary care physicians. 81% of people reported that they would like to receive recommendations for local services and resources that could help them manage their health.

Survey respondents also noted that they would like to be pointed to digital resources as social care support: 71% of people were interested in learning about online educational programs that provided guidance and information around specific conditions. 71% of people were also interested in taking part in surveys for insights into specific health conditions, rare conditions and connected conditions.

It’s important to acknowledge the power of patient insight and peer support via an online health community in contributing to improved social care. 50% of users report that they had not met someone with the same health condition as them prior to joining HealthUnlocked. 82% of people feel more confident in managing their health after joining HealthUnlocked.

We noticed that there was a 41% increase in people staying away from the doctor₃ after joining an online support community on HealthUnlocked. Furthermore, 48% of people reported that they have improved interactions with healthcare professionals since joining HealthUnlocked.

Jorge Armanet, CEO and Co-Founder of HealthUnlocked said: “In a world where healthcare is becoming increasingly more patient-centric and value-based, this survey provides first-hand confirmation that a self-care ecosystem like HealthUnlocked can’t be ignored by any healthcare system looking to become more personalised, preventative and affordable.”

Report highlights:
89% of the population surveyed have at least 1 ongoing health condition
82% of people feel more confident in managing their health
32% visit HealthUnlocked before visiting their doctor
41% increase in people staying away from the doctor because of the use of HealthUnlocked
86% of people found that HealthUnlocked us a safe place to share their experiences
81% expect to stay on HealthUnlocked for a long time
48% have improved interactions with healthcare professionals since joining HealthUnlocked
Over 50% of people had never met someone else with the same health condition as themselves before coming to HealthUnlocked.

Additional sources:
1 psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-facts-stats-and-quotes-relating-to-long-term-conditions
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5876976
https://www.jmir.org/2019/8/e13477/

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HealthUnlocked appoints Joe McFadden as Chief Technical Officer


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Joe McFadden Chief Technical Officer

HealthUnlocked.com, the world’s largest social network for health, announced the appointment of Joe McFadden in the newly created position of Chief Technical Officer.

McFadden, a strategically focused IT leader with 20 years of experience across multiple sectors, has a proven track record in strategy development, digital transformation, enterprise architecture and organisational change. He will be instrumental in leading the technical vision of the company.

Joe’s experience spans the creative industries, media and charity sectors and joins HealthUnlocked from the Royal Opera House, where he led the delivery of a major digital transformation to reach new audiences, improve the venue experience and drive increased income.

“I’m thrilled to join HealthUnlocked and be part of its mission to empower patients and improve global health,” said McFadden. “I’m particularly excited by the potential to scale and enhance HealthUnlocked’s unique HealthGraph Machine Learning Platform, so we can better understand people’s health needs, and grow our communities by providing ever more personalised health information.”

The appointment of CTO follows a series of important new hires in the last few months that will help drive the company forward and maintain its position as the digital disruptor in healthcare. Last month, the company also hired ex-PatientsLikeMe Innovation Director, Paul Wicks, PhD. to join HealthUnlocked as Chief Scientific Officer. They will be instrumental in developing and implementing a series of new initiatives and partnerships both in the US and the UK.
These key appointments are a direct reflection of the company’s growth as the demand for patient-empowered and personalised healthcare increases.

Jorge Armanet, Chief Executive Officer of HealthUnlocked, commented: “It has taken us almost 10 years to build the world’s largest patient network. We’re now embarking on a very exciting expansion phase in which I’m really pleased to join forces with Joe and Paul. Their vast experience and unique expertise will certainly help us to accelerate our ambitious growth plans to improve global health. ”

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HealthUnlocked appoints Joe McFadden as Chief Technical Officer

Joe McFadden Chief Technical Officer

HealthUnlocked.com, the world’s largest social network for health, announced the appointment of Joe McFadden in the newly created position of Chief Technical Officer.

McFadden, a strategically focused IT leader with 20 years of experience across multiple sectors, has a proven track record in strategy development, digital transformation, enterprise architecture and organisational change. He will be instrumental in leading the technical vision of the company.

Joe’s experience spans the creative industries, media and charity sectors and joins HealthUnlocked from the Royal Opera House, where he led the delivery of a major digital transformation to reach new audiences, improve the venue experience and drive increased income.

“I’m thrilled to join HealthUnlocked and be part of its mission to empower patients and improve global health,” said McFadden. “I’m particularly excited by the potential to scale and enhance HealthUnlocked’s unique HealthGraph Machine Learning Platform, so we can better understand people’s health needs, and grow our communities by providing ever more personalised health information.”

The appointment of CTO follows a series of important new hires in the last few months that will help drive the company forward and maintain its position as the digital disruptor in healthcare. Last month, the company also hired ex-PatientsLikeMe Innovation Director, Paul Wicks, PhD. to join HealthUnlocked as Chief Scientific Officer. They will be instrumental in developing and implementing a series of new initiatives and partnerships both in the US and the UK.
These key appointments are a direct reflection of the company’s growth as the demand for patient-empowered and personalised healthcare increases.

Jorge Armanet, Chief Executive Officer of HealthUnlocked, commented: “It has taken us almost 10 years to build the world’s largest patient network. We’re now embarking on a very exciting expansion phase in which I’m really pleased to join forces with Joe and Paul. Their vast experience and unique expertise will certainly help us to accelerate our ambitious growth plans to improve global health. ”

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