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10/15/2014
11:10 AM
Susan Nunziata
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4 Healthcare IT Lessons From Dreamforce 2014

Healthcare providers, medical device manufacturers, and data analytics firms explore innovative ways to engage patients.

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Susan_Nunziata
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10/15/2014 | 3:27:56 PM
Do you want to join a healthcare community?
The concept of communities built around healthcare needs -- generally around specific ailments -- is something that is being talked up a great deal here at Dreamforce. On the one hand, I can see the value of this, particularly when it comes to celebrating achievements for those with chronic conditions and helping to inspire others who may be struggling.

At the same time, on a personal level, I find myself questioning whether I'd want to join an open community related to such a deeply personal, private topic as my health. What do you think? Beyond health&fitness apps, are you a member of any kind of healthcare community? Would you want to be? 
Lorna Garey
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10/15/2014 | 4:13:07 PM
Re: Do you want to join a healthcare community?
This seems really variable. Someone with breast cancer might jump at the chance to join a support group, especially if there is localization and an option to get to know others in the community with the same challenge. Breast cancer doesn't carry a social stigma. However, the same may not be so of AIDS or type II diabetes, where someone might fear being judged if their personal information was made public. Plus, some people are just very private.
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