Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Alzheimer's online community adds social networking component

Alzheimer's online community adds social networking component

A redesigned Web site for the Alzheimer's community, ALZinfo.org, is now available from the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation. The site includes ALZTalk, a social networking environment that features Web 2.0 technologies, user profiles, forums, and chat. The new site also includes an overview of Alzheimer's disease and information about treatments, current research, where to find clinical trials, expert-reviewed news, and caregiver information.

In 2007, findings from Manhattan Research's Cybercitizen Health v7.0 suggested that pharma companies should reach out to Alzheimer's caregivers online because they are much more active in seeking health information online than the average U.S. adult. They are especially active in seeking pharmaceutical information online, the report said. 

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1 comments:

Patricia said...

This is yet another great resource for caregivers, who are often homebound themselves. The Healthcare Intelligence Network has been exploring the use of social networking tools by healthcare organizations, many of whom invite providers to contribute disease-specific content. We made a video about the successes of the Mayo Clinic, UAB Health System and others in this area, which you can see it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko-sLX7QOak