Patient Chat Press Release

Press Release

Patient Empowerment Network to acquire

Empowered Patient Chat (#patientchat) series

June 1, 2017… Patient Empowerment Network (PEN) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Empowered Patient Chat (#patientchat) series from Los Angeles digital health startup Empowered Patient Chats are hosted on Twitter by @patientchat every other Friday at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. During the popular tweetchat, patients, care partners, advocates, and health care providers come together to learn from each other and discuss topics of interest to empowered patients.

A disease diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and family members. Patients are suddenly buried in information and faced with difficult decisions. Living with a disease or other chronic condition is challenging for patients, their families, and friends. The aim of the #patientchat is to engage and empower patients by connecting them with each other, sharing resources and inspiration across conditions, and exploring important topics of interest to those in healthcare who want to elevate the patient voice in all healthcare matters. The community and series are guided by a belief in keeping the patient perspective at the forefront of all healthcare interactions, the strength of peer support, and the power of shared decision making in healthcare. launched the initiative in 2013 and most recently co-hosted an hour-long #patientchat that gained 5.4 million tweet impressions with 143 participants.  Past #patientchat guests have included Tal Givoly of Medivizor, Martine Ehrenclou who authored The Take-Charge Patient, Dr. Rob Lamberts, and patient advocates from different patient communities such as Alan Brewington @abrewi3010, Melissa Adams VanHouten @melissarvh, Liza Bernstein @itsthebunk and Richard Kreis @kreisr1. A variety of patient empowerment topics have been covered including: Coordinating Your Care, Building Your Healthcare Team, Accessing Your Medical Records, Caregiving, Participating in Research, Doctor-Patient Communication, Finding Support, Mental Health, and Integrative Medicine.’s Co-Founder and CEO, Darla Brown, shared, “Since its inception in 2013, the Empowered Patient Chats have grown from a few patient advocates tweeting and sharing ideas about the patient perspective to one of the most popular and influential tweetchats for patients.  Our mission has been to amplify the patient voice, connect advocates, caregivers, and healthcare providers, and host a safe space for meaningful dialogue to propel the patient experience forward and to let patients know they are not alone in their healthcare experience.”

“The Empowered Patient Chat community is a strong, supportive community and we are confident the Patient Empowerment Network will continue to host guests and topics of interest to all patients. Our work with the Patient Empowerment Network on and other joint projects gives us great confidence in our shared mission of patient empowerment and education.”

“The participants make #patientchat great. It is an honor and a privilege to nurture the incredible space created for thoughtful discussion, where diverse perspectives enhance and build the community,” said Christina Lizaso, Community Manager for, who will remain involved during the transition. “I’m grateful and excited for the future of #patientchat and I look forward to participating.”

“We are thrilled to take up the reins of the Empowered Patient Chat. has done a wonderful job creating and sustaining this initiative, and we look forward to continuing this important work. PEN aims to educate and empower patients so they can make the best and most informed decisions about their health. We can’t think of a better way to exemplify this than by carrying #patientchat forward,” said Joan Justice, Executive Director of Patient Empowerment Network.


About Patient Empowerment Network (PEN)
PEN’s mission is to fortify cancer patients and care partners globally with knowledge and tools, boosting their confidence and putting them in control of their healthcare journey and assisting them to get the state-of-the-art, personalized care they deserve. For more information, please visit our website

Founded in 2013, is an innovative digital health startup located in Los Angeles focused on amplifying the patient voice in their healthcare encounters. Founded by Emily Lu, MD, and Darla Brown, in addition to the Empowered Patient Chat series and the digital health application, the company has focused on creating educational content for patients and caregivers through its online health academy Recent courses created by on the platform have included Empowered Patient 101, Caregiver 101, and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia 101.

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