I’ve written numerous times about Inspire.com and the good work it does bringing the patient’s voice to the foreground. The most obvious example, beyond its wide array of online patient communities, is its partnership with Stanford Medicine. Together, the two organizations are publishing blog posts from patients who have battled chronic illness.
The big news is that last week Inspire reached the 5 million posts milestone. 5 million posts written by members – primarily patients and family members. Brian Loew, Inspire’s co-founder, wrote a blog post recognizing the achievement. It is worth reading his very brief post just to get to the comments from members of the community. If you’ve every questioned the value of online patient communities, these comments will answer that question once and for all.
Congratulations to the team at Inspire and to all of it members for creating an environment where patients can find others facing similar health issues and find support and answers to their questions. For me, the word of the day continues to be “community.”