a social networking site for
to help people better manage their health
Working in partnership with medical professionals, SearchPath created HealthFriends, a health networking site that helps users better manage their health through making friends, sharing experiences and providing mutual support.
Through its online community, HealthFriends aims to empower patients, to become more informed about their conditions and to better manage their health by making friends with others who have similar health-related interests, sharing their experiences and helping each other. From patients and carers to health professionals and anyone interested in health-related issues, HealthFriends aims to help users learn from other people’s experiences.
SearchPath, co-founder and co-owner of HealthFriends, developed the site in partnership with a London GP who wanted to find a way for his patients to interact and support each other and it was decided an online community site would be the best way of achieving this. Online communities of well-educated and knowledgeable patients can play a crucial role in their own treatment and engaged and informed patients should have better health outcomes.
While the site encourages users to discuss their illnesses and treatments, users can also provide feedback on their local hospital or GP Surgery. With the increasing choice available to patients about how and where they’re treated, it was thought important for users to be able to comment on their hospital treatment, so if you’re about to go into hospital, you can read other people’s opinions before making your choice. We’re also hoping hospitals will take on board our users’ comments to help improve their services.
The site has only recently been launched in the UK, but HealthFriends will be promoting the site internationally, connecting patients globally and helping them to compare the effectiveness of treatment variations across different countries.
While the key aim of HealthFriends is to connect users, the site also offers a broad range of other features including hundreds of health news stories and articles with new articles added daily. Users can also create and support campaigns to publicise and generate support for any issues they feel strongly about.