New MyMSTeam Resource Center Educates People Living With Multiple Sclerosis On The Importance of Treatment and Adherence

MyHealthTeams and EMD Serono team to provide actionable information and tips for starting and staying on disease-modifying therapies

 

San Francisco — June 24, 2020 — Today, MyHealthTeams and EMD Serono, through their MS-LINK initiative,  announced the launch of the Treatment and Adherence Resource Center within MyMSTeam, the social network for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The Resource Center is designed to help diagnosed patients and their families understand the importance of starting treatment and provides actionable tips for staying on disease-modifying therapies (DMTs). 

“Now, perhaps more than ever, the MS community is faced with challenges they never may have anticipated and have questions about how to navigate treating their disease during these difficult times,” said Terrie Livingston, Head of Patient and Payor Solutions at EMD Serono. “Our MS-LINK initiative remains committed to the MS community by supporting programs like the Treatment and Adherence Resource Center, which offers quick access to trusted information that can help them effectively discuss issues and make decisions with their healthcare provider.” 

Featured articles within the MyMSTeam Treatment and Adherence Resource Center include:

“Even under normal circumstances it can be hard for people with MS to stay on their medication,” explains Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “The coronavirus pandemic only heightens the need for us to do everything we can to go directly to patients with the information they need to advocate for themselves and best manage their MS.” 

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 37 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, spinal muscular atrophy, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries. 

 

About EMD Serono
EMD Serono – the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in the U.S. and Canada – is engaged in the discovery, research and development of medicines for patients with difficult to treat diseases. The business is committed to transforming lives by developing and delivering meaningful solutions that help address the therapeutic and support needs of individual patients. Building on a proven legacy and deep expertise in neurology, fertility and endocrinology, EMD Serono is developing potential new oncology and immuno-oncology medicines while continuing to explore potential therapeutic options for diseases such as psoriasis, lupus and MS. Today, the business has approximately 1,500 employees around the country with commercial, clinical and research operations based in the company’s home state of Massachusetts. www.emdserono.com

 

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Research Among People Living With Lupus Finds Widespread, Under-Addressed Anxiety and Depression

New study from MyHealthTeams reveals patients’ dissatisfaction with current lupus treatments, creating an opportunity for doctors

SAN FRANCISCO — April 13, 2020 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today unveiled new research conducted among the more than 170,000 registered members of MyLupusTeam, the social network for people facing lupus. Key findings included insights into the prevalence of anxiety and depression, patients’ dissatisfaction with current lupus treatments, and common quality-of-life impacts of the disease.

 

“This research, conducted just before the COVID-19 outbreak, shines a light on the fact that the normal pain and fatigue associated with Lupus can lead to depression and anxiety,” said Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “Now more than ever, it is important that healthcare providers listen for and treat these broader symptoms in order to build lasting and effective relationships with their patients facing lupus. Patients with lupus need to feel heard – something made more difficult with folks having to shelter in place.”

 

Anxiety and Depression: Commonly experienced, inadequately addressed

69% of those surveyed report being less than fully satisfied with their current lupus medication. Yet when asked what they wish their doctor would do differently, only 9% said “new treatments.” Overwhelmingly, what people living with lupus want from their doctors is: “listening and understanding” (33%), “more information” (22%) and “more time” (22%).

 

Impact on Quality of Life: Wide-ranging symptoms and flare-up triggers

Lupus, a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue, creates daily challenges that impact people at home and work.

Common symptoms of lupus include:

  • Joint pain / swelling (93%)
  • Fatigue (92%)
  • Muscle pain (81%)
  • Skin issues (79%)
  • Numb / tingling hands or feet (75%)

Top triggers that exacerbate lupus symptoms include:

  • Stress (87%)
  • Sunlight / UV exposure (71%)
  • Cold weather (66%)
  • Hot weather (53%)

The result, as reported by those surveyed, is that lupus dramatically decreases overall quality of life, impacting life at home and work.

  • 85% say lupus makes it hard for them to exercise.
  • 83% find it difficult to do everyday chores.
  • 77% say lupus interferes with their social life.
  • 71% say it interrupts career and education.
  • 62% find it difficult to be sexually active.

 

This research was conducted among the more than 170,000 registered members of MyLupusTeam. 593 individuals responded to the online survey. Full survey findings are available at www.mylupusteam.com/resources.

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 35 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, spinal muscular atrophy, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

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New Research Among People Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis Reveals Key Determinants Of Patient Satisfaction With Doctors

MyHealthTeams provides real-world insights into RA’s common symptoms, flare-up triggers, and quality-of-life-impact

 

SAN FRANCISCO — March 19, 2020 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today unveiled new research conducted among registered members of myRAteam, the social network for people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Key findings spanned topics including patient satisfaction with their doctors, the impact RA has on quality of life, and common symptoms and flare-up triggers.

 

“Joint pain is just the tip of the iceberg for those living with rheumatoid arthritis. You’ve got to treat the whole person, not just their obvious symptoms,” said Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “RA patients in this research made it clear that the best rheumatologists are those who take the time to truly understand the full range of symptoms and the quality of life impact people with RA are experiencing. The gap between patients satisfied and dissatisfied with their doctors was stark.”

 

Patient Satisfaction: Determined by listening/understanding, time spent, and breadth of discussion

There is a high correlation between treatment satisfaction and doctor satisfaction, so if treatment isn’t working to control a patient’s RA, it’s unlikely she will be satisfied with her doctor. But treatment effectiveness isn’t the only driver. The study revealed a significant experience gap between those who are satisfied or not with their doctors. Among the 57% of RA patients who report overall satisfaction with their doctors: 87% feel their doctor listens to them and understands their needs; 81% believe their doctor spends enough time with them; 74% report their doctor addresses symptoms such as pain, depression and anxiety; 65% discuss treatment side effects with their doctor; and 52% say their doctor has worked with them to develop a long-term plan. Among the 43% of RA patients who report overall dissatisfaction with their doctors, these numbers drop to 24%, 26%, 20%, 29% and 12% respectively. 

 

Impact on Quality of Life: Daily challenges and emotional impacts take toll at home, work and beyond

RA, a chronic inflammatory condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, including joints, has wide-ranging impact on quality of life.

  • 88% of myRAteam members surveyed report RA makes it difficult to do everyday chores
  • 84% find it difficult to exercise with RA
  • 78% say RA has a negative impact on their social life
  • 65% report RA disrupts their work and/or education
  • 62% find it difficult to be sexually active while living with RA

 

Further, the emotional toll of RA is significant.

  • 83% of those surveyed report they can’t sleep
  • 72% are dealing with depression
  • 67% experience anxiety

 

Symptoms and Triggers: Aggravated by environmental factors, disease causes symptoms well beyond joint pain and stiffness

Beyond the joint pain and stiffness experienced by nearly everyone surveyed, myRAteam members report a broad spectrum of symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue (93%)
  • Dry eyes or mouth (72%)
  • Irritability (62%)
  • Headaches (54%)

 

The top reported triggers for flare-ups of RA symptoms are stress (79%) and cold weather (73%). 

This research was conducted among registered members of myRAteam. 374 individuals responded to the online survey. Full survey findings are available at https://www.myrateam.com/resources/the-results-are-in-people-living-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-are-more-satisfied-with-their-doctors-when-they-feel-heard-and-understood

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 35 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

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MyHealthTeams and the Global Vitiligo Foundation Team to Bring Consumer-Relevant, Medically Reviewed Content to the Vitiligo Community

MyVitiligoTeam named the official Global Vitiligo Foundation social network for people with vitiligo

 

SAN FRANCISCO— March 3, 2020 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today announced its collaboration with the Global Vitiligo Foundation, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with vitiligo through education, research, clinical care and community support. Together, the two will bring relevant, trusted health education information and resources to people via MyVitiligoTeam, a social network designed just for people facing vitiligo.

 

Launched in January 2020, more than 1,000 registered members have already joined MyVitiligoTeam, the 34th condition-specific social network created by MyHealthTeams. Reflecting a shared commitment to improving quality of life for people living with vitiligo, the two organizations will create and publish medically reviewed content featured within the social network. Members of the social network will be invited to join “Ask the Vitiligo Specialist” Q&A sessions throughout the year, and MyVitiligoTeam will participate in events including the Global Vitiligo Foundation’s Annual Scientific Symposium, World Vitiligo Day – USA, and the Vitiligo International Symposium meeting.

 

“As a kid diagnosed with vitiligo, I didn’t know anyone else facing the condition and I wasn’t sure where to find good information about it,” said Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “MyVitiligoTeam and our collaboration with the Global Vitiligo Foundation changes all that. Now, people can easily connect with others just like them and tap into relevant medical information.”

 

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition where melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation, are destroyed by the immune system, leaving light patches of skin. More than 70 million people worldwide have vitiligo, and an estimated 30% are children. Many people living with vitiligo report feeling isolated, as the disease is widely misunderstood and difficult to hide. There is no known cure.

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 35 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

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MyHealthTeams and EMD Serono Launch Family Planning Resource Center to Provide Families Affected by Multiple Sclerosis with Information, Connection and Support

New resource empowers prospective mothers with MS and their partners to have conversations about family planning

 

SAN FRANCISCO — JANUARY 9, 2020 — Today, MyHealthTeams and EMD Serono announced the launch of the Family Planning Resource Center within MyMSTeam, a social network for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The Resource Center is designed to support prospective mothers and their loved ones with family planning information and resources before, during and after pregnancy.

 

“Being proactive and planning ahead is so important for women living with MS and thinking about having a baby,” said Terrie Livingston, Head of Patient and Payor Solutions at EMD Serono. “Making it easy to find reliable, actionable information is critical to helping people make the decisions that are right – for them, their baby and their family.”

 

Featured articles within the Family Planning Resource Center include:

 

“More people than ever before are having babies following diagnosis with MS, but they have a growing list of questions about how to navigate the associated challenges,” said Mary Ray, cofounder and COO of MyHealthTeams. “The MS & Family Planning Resource Center arms MyMSTeam members with information to effectively talk with their doctors about planning for and managing pregnancy.”

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 34 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, vitiligo, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

About EMD Serono
EMD Serono – the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in the U.S. and Canada – is engaged in the discovery, research and development of medicines for patients with difficult to treat diseases. The business is committed to transforming lives by developing and delivering meaningful solutions that help address the therapeutic and support needs of individual patients. Building on a proven legacy and deep expertise in neurology, fertility and endocrinology, EMD Serono is developing potential new oncology and immuno-oncology medicines while continuing to explore potential therapeutic options for diseases such as psoriasis, lupus and MS. Today, the business has approximately 1,300 employees around the country with commercial, clinical and research operations based in the company’s home state of Massachusetts. 

 

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People Living With Type 2 Diabetes Want Information and Empathy From Their Doctors More Than New Medications

New consumer research from MyHealthTeams reveals patient priorities

SAN FRANCISCO — DECEMBER 10, 2019 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today unveiled new research conducted among the more than 100,000 registered members of DiabetesTeam, the social network for people living with Type 2 Diabetes. A majority (59%) of those surveyed report they are either not satisfied or only somewhat satisfied with their current treatment. Yet when asked what they most want from their doctor, only 6% said “new treatments.” More than 7 times as many respondents prioritized wanting their endocrinologist to provide  “more information” on recommended lifestyle changes (22%) and “listening and understanding” about the challenges of managing their diabetes (21%).

 

The issue is not a lack of understanding about the importance of lifestyle changes. The gap is in getting practical tips for successfully adopting lifestyle changes — especially in the context of dealing with the wide-ranging impact diabetes has on daily life. MyHealthTeams identified two key areas in which people living with diabetes know they want to improve – but aren’t sure what to do or how to start:

  • Diet: 74% of those surveyed report they understand the importance of a healthy diet, but most do not know how to effectively change their eating habits. They want practical tips on foods to eat, recipes to try and grocery lists to follow.  This is rarely offered in the doctor’s office.
  • Exercise: 59% understand the importance of exercise, but 46% report their condition makes it hard to exercise and they’re not sure how to start. They want specific tips from their doctors on ways to start exercising, even while dealing with the pain and fatigue that often accompanies diabetes.

Quality of Life Impact
Beyond high blood sugar, people with Type 2 Diabetes report experiencing a wide range of symptoms of the disease in the past year, including:

  • Fatigue (65%)
  • Numbness (53%)
  • Frequent Urination (52%)
  • Itching (46%)
  • Dry Feet (44%)
  • Intense Thirst (38%)
  • Neuropathy (31%)

The impact of diabetes on daily life is significant, with survey respondents reporting top challenges including:

  • Hard to sleep at night (51%)
  • Depression / anxiety (45%)
  • Difficult to be sexually active (43%)
  • Hard to do everyday chores (41%)
  • Interferes with social life (33%)

“What’s clear is that managing blood sugar is just one piece of the diabetes puzzle, and people living with this condition are juggling a lot,” said Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “The call to action across the healthcare ecosystem is to empower consumers with information and support to act as their own health advocates within this context. People need practical advice and emotional empathy. It’s about much more than medicine.”

This research was conducted among the more than 100,000 registered members of DiabetesTeam. 478 individuals responded to the online survey. Full survey findings are available at https://www.diabetesteam.com/resources/the-results-are-in-what-people-with-type-2-diabetes-want-most-from-their-doctors-is-information-not-new-treatments.

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 34 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

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People With Heart Disease Want Lifestyle Tips and Empathy From Their Doctors 550% More Than They Want New Medications

New consumer research from MyHealthTeams reveals patient priorities

SAN FRANCISCO — OCTOBER 30, 2019 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today unveiled new research conducted among the more than 21,000 registered members of MyHeartDiseaseTeam, the social network for patients with heart disease. A majority (56%) of those surveyed report they are either not satisfied or only somewhat satisfied with their current treatment. Yet when asked what they most want from their doctor, only 8% said “new treatments.” More than five times as many respondents prioritized wanting their cardiologist to provide  “more information” on recommended lifestyle changes (22%) and “listening and understanding” about the challenges of managing their heart disease (22%).

Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of people with Heart Disease know the importance of making lifestyle changes to improve their condition around diet and exercise, and they want to make those changes. The problem is that they do not always know how to safely make those changes. MyHealthTeams identified two key areas in which people living with heart disease know they want to improve – but aren’t sure what to do or how to start:

  • Exercise: 75% understand the importance of exercise, but 70% report their condition makes it hard to exercise and they’re not sure how to start or how to safely exercise. Nearly half of the respondents have had a heart attack in the past and live in constant fear of another heart attack. Exertion and exercise often trigger symptoms of chest pain from angina that leaves patients wondering, “Is this a heart attack? Should I be going to the ER?”  They want specific tips from their doctors on safe ways to start exercising.
  • Diet: 85% of those surveyed report they understand the importance of a healthy diet, but most do not know how to effectively change their eating habits. They want practical tips on foods to eat, recipes to try and grocery lists to follow.  This is rarely offered in the doctor’s office.

Quality of Life

The impact of heart disease on daily life is wide-ranging, with survey respondents reporting challenges including:

    • Hard to do everyday chores (65%)
    • Interferes with social life (58%)
    • Hard to sleep at night (57%)
    • Makes me feel isolated / alone (50%)
    • Disrupts work / education (45%)
    • Hard to be sexually active (43%)
    • Negatively impacts family (41%)

“People living with heart disease are grasping for practical advice about how to eat and exercise to better manage their condition, and they’re seeking emotional support and lifehacks to help them deal with the personal and social impacts of the disease,” said Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “This requires thinking beyond the pill and creates opportunities to engage patients beyond the doctor’s office. Today’s consumers play an active role in improving their health, and many of us across the healthcare ecosystem can further empower them — starting by listening to and addressing their priorities.”

This research was conducted among the more than 21,000 registered members of MyHeartDiseaseTeam. 233 individuals responded to the online survey. Full survey findings are available: https://www.myheartdiseaseteam.com/resources/the-results-are-in-what-patients-with-heart-disease-want-most-from-their-cardiologists-is-information-not-new-treatments. Additional graphics are available upon request.

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 33 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

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MyHealthTeams Raises $9.44 Million in Financing Round Led By Strategic Investor UCB

Now serves more than 2 million registered members
across 33 condition-specific patient social networks

 

SAN FRANCISCO — AUGUST 15, 2019 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, announced today it has raised $9.44 million in a Series B financing round led by strategic investor UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company. The new funds will be used to fuel MyHealthTeams’ continued growth, including expansion of the company’s existing social networks as well as the launch of additional social networks that make it easy for people diagnosed with a chronic disease to connect with others living with similar challenges and to find relevant, objective information about managing their health.

 

“Today’s healthcare consumer relies on a broad ecosystem for information and support, and MyHealthTeams’ social networks play an important role,” said Taco van Tiel, Head of Axial Spondyloarthritis at UCB. “UCB has successfully partnered with MyHealthTeams to create patient engagement programs that close gaps in knowledge and care. Our investment reflects our ambition to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases. UCB works with stakeholders like MyHealthTeams to address the unmet needs of these patients and bring them differentiated solutions that make a meaningful difference in their lives.”

 

Recent milestones for MyHealthTeams include:

  • 2 million registered members who actively share information, resources, lifehacks and emotional support via MyHealthTeams’ web and mobile apps;
  • 33 social networks that feature relevant, objective information about specific chronic health conditions;
  • Expansion into 13 English-speaking countries, building a global network of patients facing chronic conditions;
  • Partnerships with 9 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies and 19 other biopharma and healthcare companies that share MyHealthTeams’ focus on addressing unmet patient needs;
  • Introduction of Smart Recommendations that personalize patient education and transform patient activation by leveraging natural language processing and machine learning technologies;
  • Enhanced operational footprint, with the recent opening of MyHealthTeams’ office in Sacramento;
  • Team growth, including the hire of Christian Pran as EVP Partnerships; and
  • Expansion of partner integration opportunities spanning patient education and activation, media solutions, patient research and insights, and clinical trials.

 

“Improving health outcomes requires thinking beyond the pill and operating beyond the doctor’s office,” said Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “Living with a chronic health condition is a daily reality for nearly half the people in the world, and our social networks empower members to find information and support to help them better manage their conditions. This financing will help accelerate and amplify that impact for millions of people.”

 

This financing brings total investment in MyHealthTeams to $26.84 million, building on the company’s Seed and Series A1, A2 and A3 rounds from investors including Adams Street Partners, Qiming US Ventures, CVS Health, The Westly Group, HealthTech Capital and 500 Startups.

 

 

About UCB

UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With 7,500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 4.6 billion in 2018. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news

 

 

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 33 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

 

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Spondyloarthritis Resource Center Provides Information And Tips For Dealing With Chronic Back And Joint Pain

MyHealthTeams and UCB team to educate consumers
about symptoms and accelerate time to diagnosis

San Francisco – August 8, 2018 – MyHealthTeams and UCB today introduce the Spondyloarthritis Resource Center within MySpondylitisTeam, the social network for people living with spondyloarthritis (SpA). Spondyloarthritis is an inflammatory disease that affects the spine and can affect the joints of the arms and the legs. In some people, spondyloarthritis can also affect the skin, intestines and eyes. The most common symptoms of the disease include lower back pain, stiffness, joint pain and fatigue. The Spondyloarthritis Resource Center is designed to increase awareness about spondyloarthritis, help people recognize symptoms to get a diagnosis sooner, and equip people with questions to ask their doctors.

Spondyloarthritis is an underdiagnosed condition. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that more than 1% of Americans are living with spondyloarthritis, with most people first experiencing symptoms in their 20s or 30s yet many take a long time to get a correct diagnosis. It’s common for chronic back pain patients to wait as long as 10 years between symptom onset and spondyloarthritis diagnosis, according to a 2016 study published in Arthritis and Rheumatology.

“Providing resources that help people experiencing SpA symptoms better understand what’s happening, talk to their doctor about it, and explore potential solutions empowers patients and may help them get to a diagnosis sooner,” said Emmanuel Caeymaex, Head of Immunology and Executive Vice President, Immunology Patient Value Unit, UCB. “Providing these resources in the context of a social network where people are seeking trusted information and authentic connection ensures we’re reaching the right people, at the right time, with the right message.”

Featured content within the Spondyloarthritis Resource Center includes:

  • An interactive quiz that helps people identify symptoms related to spondyloarthritis
  • A discussion guide that helps them talk with their doctor about the symptoms
  • An infographic that explains key information about the condition
  • A step-by-step illustrated guide to exercises for better posture, which can help relieve discomfort

 

“Every day we see that people are taking an active role in managing their health, and providing them with the tools to better understand and address a disease like SpA is an important part of our commitment to members,” said Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “Teaming with a global biopharmaceutical leader like UCB, with a focus on patients living with spondyloarthritis, is hugely valuable to MySpondylitisTeam members, and it’s a great example of how social networks serve as a powerful two-way communications channel between the industry and consumers.”

MySpondylitisTeam has attracted more than 15,000 registered members since its debut earlier this year. In addition to the web, MySpondylitisTeam and the new Spondyloarthritis Resource Center are available via native mobile app for both iOS and Android.

About Spondyloarthritis
Spondyloarthritis is a family of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases impacting joints and the spine, which are chronic, painful and progressively debilitating conditions, where ongoing inflammation and disease progression leave patients with reduced mobility and functionality, as well as joint stiffness and crippling pain in affected areas.

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you.  MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition.   More than 1.5 million people have joined one of the company’s 29 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, hyperhidrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 7,500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of €4.2 billion in 2016. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news

 

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MyHealthTeams Introduces Social Network for People Living With Osteoporosis

Creates trusted environment

to share experiences, information, resources, lifehacks and support

San Francisco — June 20, 2018 — MyHealthTeams today introduced MyOsteoTeam, the social network for those living with osteoporosis. It is the 29th social network created by the company, which is founded on the idea that health outcomes improve when people facing the same condition are able to learn from each other. More than 1.4 million members have come to rely on MyHealthTeams’ social networks for information, resources, lifehacks and support that help them better manage their condition and live their life.

Approximately 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, which places them at higher risk for developing osteoporosis. By 2025, experts predict that osteoporosis will be responsible for approximately three million bone fractures and $25.3 billion in related healthcare costs annually. Additionally, the disease often decreases mobility, which can lead to feelings of isolation and depression.

“People diagnosed with a chronic condition such as osteoporosis want two things: trusted information and authentic connection,” said Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “MyOsteoTeam makes it easy for people to find others just like them — people who know the challenges of osteoporosis firsthand. There, they can share the unfiltered truth of their experience and get the practical tips and day-to-day validation that are otherwise hard to find.”

The new social network is a member-led online community. After just a few weeks in its pilot program, MyOsteoTeam has already attracted more than 4,000 registered members. MyOsteoTeam is available online and via mobile app for both iOS and Android.

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you.  MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. More than 1.4 million people have joined one of the company’s 29 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, hyperhidrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in eight countries.

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Michelle Cox

press@myhealthteams.com

415-823-7574