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

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415-823-7574

MyHealthTeams Launches Social Network MySpondylitisTeam

Working with UCB on patient education initiative
designed to empower people living with spondyloarthritis

 

San Francisco — January 18, 2018 — MyHealthTeams has launched MySpondylitisTeam, the social network for people living with spondyloarthritis (SpA), which is an umbrella term for chronic and inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine, the pelvis, the joints and the entheses (the sites where the ligaments and tendons attach to the bones), causing joint stiffness and crippling pain. 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 are not diagnosed until several years later.

The new social network, which has attracted more than 3,800 registered members in just a few weeks, is a member-led online community in which people share information, resources, tips and advice that help them better manage their day-to-day health and lives. MyHealthTeams also creates and curates resources to serve the community. MySpondylitisTeam is one of 28 social networks established by MyHealthTeams since the company was founded in 2012.

“When someone is diagnosed with spondyloarthritis, especially after enduring years of inexplicable pain, they have a deep desire for more information and authentic connection,” said Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “Your Facebook friends may not know the first thing about spondyloarthritis, but on a social network exclusively for people who share the condition you know that everyone ‘gets it.’”

To increase awareness about spondyloarthritis, inflammatory back pain, and related symptoms, MyHealthTeams is working with UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, on an educational initiative designed to provide people experiencing symptoms with information and resources.

“Understanding the patient experience is central to our operating ethos. UCB is focused on bringing solutions to people living with severe diseases, like spondyloarthritis. These patients need solutions that extend beyond just medications to include new technology and networks, a supportive community, and access to information. Teaming with MyHealthTeams allows UCB to gain insights from a unique social network just for patients, enabling us to provide valuable resources that educate and support SpA patients,” said Emmanuel Caeymaex, Head of Immunology and Executive Vice President, Immunology Patient Value Unit, UCB.

 

About Spondyloarthritis

Spondyloarthritis is a family of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases impacting joints and 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.

Recent data suggest that the prevalence as well as the patient disease impact is similar to that of rheumatoid arthritis.

 

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 1.2 million people have joined one of the company’s 28 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, hyperhydrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams social networks are available in eight 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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Designing outcomes that matter to patients

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One Million People Living With Chronic Conditions Now Rely On MyHealthTeams

Qiming U.S. Healthcare Fund leads $7.3 million Series C financing in the company

 

San Francisco — June 12, 2017 — MyHealthTeams has closed its Series C financing round, which will accelerate the company’s leadership in patient engagement among those living with chronic conditions. The company now serves 1 million registered members who rely on its 24 social networks for connection, information and support in managing their day-to-day health.

Qiming U.S. Healthcare Fund, part of Qiming Venture Funds, led the $7.3 million round. This is the second investment from the $100 million fund the firm raised earlier this year to back U.S. healthcare companies with potential market opportunities in China. Mark McDade, managing partner at Qiming U.S., and former Chief Operating Officer of pharmaceutical company UCB, is joining the MyHealthTeams board of directors.

“As the pharmaceutical industry is increasingly focused on patient-reported outcomes, it’s essential to understand the real world evidence of therapies from the early phases of development through commercial availability,” said McDade. “MyHealthTeams has created highly engaged communities, unlike any we’ve seen before, for people living with chronic disease. The result is an unmatched global opportunity for pharma partners to engage the right patients with the right content, ultimately leading to better outcomes.”

Founded in 2012, MyHealthTeams launches social networks such as MyLupusTeam, MyDepressionTeam and MyParkinsonsTeam that provide a safe place for patients to connect and learn from each other. The company’s 24 social networks address 90% of the chronic condition population, serving people living with autoimmune disorders, neurological diseases, rare conditions, common conditions, reproductive health issues and more. Each community-driven social network helps individuals and families connect with others who are dealing with the same specific condition, empowering them to share information, experiences, resources and life hacks that help them effectively manage their health and lives.

“Doctors can provide critical medical advice and prescriptions, but when it comes to navigating day-to-day life with a chronic condition, nothing beats the advice of other patients and caregivers,” said Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyHealthTeams.  “This direct peer-to-peer model has a profound benefit on long-term quality of life and presents a valuable patient-first opportunity to improve the way treatments are developed, introduced and adopted.”

This Series C brings MyHealthTeams’ total funding to $17.4 million, and Qiming U.S. joins an investor syndicate that includes Adams Street Partners, CVS Health, The Westly Group, HealthTech Capital and 500 Startups.

 

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 one million people have joined one of the company’s 24 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis and autism.  MyHealthTeams social networks are available in eight countries.

 

About Qiming U.S. Healthcare Fund

The Qiming U.S. Healthcare Fund, LP is a new US healthcare venture fund headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices in Palo Alto, CA and Cambridge, MA. As part of a broader family of Qiming venture funds, this new fund seeks to invest in US-based human healthcare companies with potential market opportunities in China.  Focused areas of interest are bio-therapeutics, medtech and digital health technologies, with equity investments ranging from $5 to $12 million.

 

 

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Michelle Cox

press@myhealthteams.com

415-823-7574

MyMigraineTeam Now Open: 23rd Social Network By MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams has launched its 23rd social network: MyMigraineTeam.com, the social network for people living with migraines. 38 million Americans live with migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. It is the third most prevalent condition in the world and more than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine.

 

MyMigraineTeam.com is the online support group and social network for those living with migraines. Members can join and immediately meet people like them who can empathize and understand life with migraines. MyMigraineTeam members can ask and answer questions, find local providers, discuss treatments, and meet others by searching by symptom, treatment, or city. Each day members share their ups and downs in a supportive online community.

 

MyHealthTeams creates social network apps for people with chronic conditions. MyMigraineTeam is the 23rd network and joins others like MyFibroTeam (113,000 members), MyMSTeam (65,000 members), MyCrohnsAndColitisTeam.com (48,000 members), MyEpilepsyTeam (29,000 members), and MyParkinsonsTeam (20,000 members). View MyHealthTeams’ latest social network apps here.

 

If you live with migraines, sign-up to meet and learn from others like you: MyMigraineTeam.com

New Social Network for HIV Launches

MyHealthTeams has launched its 22nd social network: myHIVteam.com, the social network for people living with HIV. HIV is a chronic, lifelong condition. People with HIV often have a compromised immune system, making them prone to other conditions and complications. Stigma also remains a burden for many HIV-positive people. 36.7 million people globally live with HIV. In the U.S. 1.2 million live with HIV, although the annual number of new HIV diagnoses has declined 19% over the past 10 years.

myHIVteam is the online support group and social network for those living with HIV. Members can join and immediately meet people like them who can empathize and understand what they go through, both physically and emotionally. myHIVteam members can ask and answer questions, find local providers, discuss treatments, and meet others by searching by symptom, treatment, or city. Each day members share their ups and downs in a supportive online community.

 MyHealthTeams creates social network apps for people with chronic conditions. myHIVteam is the 22nd network and joins others like MyFibroTeam (113,000 members), MyMSTeam (65,000 members), MyCrohnsAndColitisTeam.com (48,000 members), MyEpilepsyTeam (29,000 members), and MyParkinsonsTeam (20,000 members). View MyHealthTeams’ latest social network apps here.

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If you live with HIV, sign-up to meet and learn from others like you: myHIVteam.com

Vote For Our SxSW Panels

MyHealthTeams wants to bring support for people with chronic conditions to SxSW! You vote will help get us there.

How do life hacks keep people out of the ER and improve health outcomes? How are patient communities helping to lower healthcare costs and improve health outcomes?

133 million Americans are diagnosed with a chronic condition and find themselves navigating treatment, pain, side effects and the health care system. Life with a chronic condition can become very overwhelming very quickly. There is a huge opportunity to improve health outcomes and ultimately reduce healthcare costs when the wisdom of the crowd comes to light. Learn more about the benefits gained for society when lifehacks and the experience of others are crowdsourced to ease the challenges of living with a disease.

Our panels:

 

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How Patient Channels Lower Costs & Improve Health. Vote here: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/62622

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Using Lifehacks to Stay Out of the ER. Vote here: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/60423

 

How to vote: Click the thumbs up on each page. You will have to register.
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Vote for our proposed SXSW panels by September 2, 2016!​

 

Announcing MyHemophiliaTeam – A Free Social Network for People Facing Blood Disorders

We are delighted to announce the launch of MyHemophiliaTeam, a free social network for people facing hemophilia and other blood disorders.   We greatly appreciate the input and advice we’ve received from the people and foundations involved in the blood disorder community.  The single biggest piece of advice we received was to “Be Transparent!”   So here is the full scoop about MyHemophiliaTeam.

What Is MyHemophiliaTeam?

MyHemophiliaTeam is a free, password-protected social network where you can connect with others in the hemophilia community on your phone, tablet or computer.  You can share tips, support, Q&A, provider referrals and more with other people who “get it”.

  • MyHemophiliaTeam.com is a completely independent social network. It is not controlled by any pharmaceutical company or any other organization.
  • MyHemophiliaTeam NEVER shares the personally identifying information of its members with anyone!
  • MyHemophiliaTeam is a monitored site that does not allow selling of any services or products.  Also, members of the community are given simple features to report inappropriate content (such as solicitations for home care services, factor products or fundraisers – all of which are prohibited).

 Who Is MyHemophiliaTeam For?

  • Adults diagnosed with a bleeding disorder
  • Spouses of someone diagnosed with a bleeding disorder
  • Parents of children with a bleeding disorder

MyHemophiliaTeam is NOT for:

  • Children under the age of 18
  • Doctors (no medical advice is given on MyHemophiliaTeam)
  • Researchers
  • Specialty pharmacy companies
  • Homecare companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies.

Who is Behind This?

MyHemophiliaTeam was created by us, MyHealthTeams, a fully independent, mission-driven company based in San Francisco.  We believe that if you’re diagnosed with a chronic condition such as hemophilia, it should be easy to connect with others who share the same diagnosis and who understand what it’s like to live with that condition.

MyHemophiliaTeam is the 14th chronic disease community now served by MyHealthTeams.  Over 330,000 people facing chronic conditions from autism and epilepsy to breast cancer and lupus have joined our social networks.  Members of the hemophilia community have been encouraging us to launch MyHemophiliaTeam for two years now and we are delighted to be responding.

How is this Funded?  How Does MyHealthTeams Make Money?

MyHealthTeams will fund MyHemophiliaTeam by partnering with pharmaceutical companies to do anonymized, aggregated research and to promote objective, patient education resources.   Any such partnership must follow two key litmus tests:

  1. Partnerships must be made transparent to our members
  2. Partnerships must empower our members

Through such partnerships we keep our social networks free for anyone facing a bleeding disorder, while making sure our members needs, concerns, and experiences are voiced on an anonymous basis.

Who is Partnering on MyHemophiliaTeam?

MyHealthTeams will partner with Biogen to do anonymized research projects over the next 2 years.

  • We will NEVER share your personal identifying information with Biogen or any other organization outside of MyHemophiliaTeam
  • Biogen will NOT have any control over the content on MyHemophiliaTeam, will NOT be participating on the social network, and will NOT have any access to the personally identifying information of members.
  • Biogen will endeavor to share the research it does on MyHemophiliaTeam back with the members in the community

 Our Relationship with the Community

Before launching MyHemophiliaTeam, we reached out to many of you in the hemophilia community, including members of local bleeding disorder chapters, the National Hemophilia Foundation, the Hemophilia Federation of America and the Coalition for Hemophilia B. These conversations have been honest, critical and informative, as we have worked to establish a safe environment for those in the community.   Community outreach doesn’t end with these initial conversations. It’s an ongoing dialogue that we will continue through your feedback on MyHemophiliaTeam.com.   We greatly appreciate the initial input we have received from these leaders at the three leading foundations in blood disorders:

 

  • Hemophilia Federation of America: Kimberly Haugstad, Executive Director
  • National Hemophilia Foundation: Dawn Rotellini, Vice President of Chapter Development and Education

If you belong to one of these great organizations, we encourage you to share feedback about MyHemophiliaTeam with them as well as with us.  We expect to continuously improve and iterate on MyHemophiliaTeam.

Try It Out!

In the meantime, if you have a bleeding disorder or your child or spouse does, we hope you will join www.MyHemophiliaTeam.com and provide some of the early feedback that will help shape the next version of MyHemophiliaTeam. It’s free to sign up.

You can always contact us with any questions or feedback by emailing us at support@MyHealthTeams.com

 

All the best,

Eric Peacock, Mary Ray and the entire team at MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams Raises $5MM in Series B Financing to Rapidly Expand Its Health Social Networks

MyHealthTeams, the San Francisco startup behind thirteen of the fastest-growing social networks in chronic health, announced today that it has closed its series B financing raising just over $5MM.  The round was led by a strategic investment from CVS Health and also included support from previous investors including Adams Street Partners, the Westly Group, HealthTechCapital and Sand Hill Angels. This Series B brings the total capital raised by the company to $10.14MM.

“In the past 18 months MyHealthTeams has tripled our user base, expanded to serve 13 different chronic-disease communities across 8 countries, and proven you can build a great business while doing something that helps people,” said Eric Peacock, CEO of MyHealthTeams.  “With this financing, we are well-positioned to rapidly expand beyond our initial 13 social networks and reach a much greater audience of people facing each of those conditions.”

MyHealthTeams, co-founded by Eric Peacock and Mary Ray, recently launched social networks in Diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, and plans to launch new networks for both the hemophilia and Alzheimer’s communities this year.

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams is a San Francisco-based company that creates social networks for chronic condition communities. Through its 13 social network for over 300,000 members in 8 countries, MyHealthTeams makes it easy for those living with a chronic condition to connect with others who share their diagnoses, treatment paths, symptoms and more.  Find more information about MyHealthTeams and its growing number of social networks at www.MyHealthTeams.com.