I think everyone can benefit in some way, from a site like this.
Irvine, CA (PRWEB) September 13, 2007
Starting today, patients of every ilk, and medical professionals alike, have a rich, new online environment for sharing information and support - with the launch of Hopecube.com.
Hopecube.com is unique in that it takes the "user-generated content" concept - like MySpace or YouTube - and applies it to the specific needs of patients and doctors. Dubbed a "Health 2.0" site, it seamlessly integrates cutting-edge technology with easy-to-use tools - so even those with poor computer skills can participate.
Hopecube.com also offers doctors a distinct advantage, by giving them direct access to patients through a social networking interface. For example, a doctor can add all his patients into his "social network" - then, post bulletins and blogs to share breakthroughs and information with everyone, or check up on a single patient's progress through the patient's blogs.
George Ruan, founder of Hopecube.com, hopes this groundbreaking approach will spark a grassroots online community for sharing personal medical experiences, finding answers, and relating to others in "health crisis" - something that has been sorely lacking in the industry.
"Last year, I watched a close friend of mine battle lymphoma," said Ruan. "As he fought for his life, I was struck by how little communication took place within the current medical system. So, I set out to change that."
"Our patient-centric site takes off where more 'static,' informational sites, leave off," said Ruan. "At Hopecube.com, members get a much richer, interactive environment. Blogs, photos and - in the near future - music and videos, give patients a more personal experience than text-based message boards."
These "richer" features allow patients and doctors to:
- Create a personalized home page, highlighting their medical areas of interest
- Share information and experiences via profile, photos, message board, and blogs.
- Search, by category, for others who share a similar journey
- Find doctors who specialize in a particular field
- Get information and answers for a myriad of health issues
"So whether a person is struggling with depression or Alzheimer's, cancer or financial difficulties - or any of life's difficulties - support is always there, 24 hours a day," said Ruan. "I think everyone can benefit in some way, from a site like this."
Founded in 2007, Hopecube.com is an online community featuring user- generated content - through blogs, profiles, message boards, and more. The site is specially designed for patients and doctors to share information, find support, and relate to others in health crisis. For more information, please visit: http://www.hopecube.com