MyHealthTeams, founded by Eric Peacock, is a venture backed company that creates social networks for chronic disease communities. The company strives to provide those who are affected by chronic diseases with a resource for communication with others that have a similar diagnosis. Eric started the company after he noticed a trend in families reaching out via Facebook for comfort and advice regarding their day-to-day struggles resulting from a diagnosis of a chronic disease, either in themselves or in a loved one. MyHealthTeams brings the social network of a Facebook and the local search engine of a Yelp! to work toward one specific condition.
MyHealthTeams has created three specific sites for chronic disease communities: MyAutismTeam, MyMSTeam, and MyBCTeam. Each network provides its users with an easy way to connect with others affected with Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, or Breast Cancer. On the website users are able to share their experiences, ask questions, and discover other families struggling to overcome the same day-to-day obstacles. Each site allows users to search for others in the community based on their age, gender, diagnosis, stage of disease, etc. to find their best match. Users can also find local treatment offices that are reviewed by other users on the MyHeathTeam site.
The MyHealthTeams sites have skyrocketed with such popularity that the company continues to create new sites for others diagnosed with chronic doseases. MyHeathTeams considers two main factors during the creation process of a chronic disease community site:
- Is it a disease that really affects your day-to-day life?
- Is there a relatively large community of people diagnosed with this disease
MyHealthTeams considers these to questions in an effort to make the largest impact possible. MyHealthTeams has provided so many with health care relief that doctors have begun to prescribe the MyHeathTeams brochure to patients who have been diagnosed with one of these diseases.
MyHealthTeams also partners with doctors heading up clinical trials. The site gives doctors the ability to seek patients with their desired diagnosis and characteristics for their trial. In this way MyHealthTeams can avoid bombarding their users with ads in order to remain profitable.
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