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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 Intake.me. 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.

Intake.me 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.

Intake.me’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 ePatient101.com 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 Intake.me created for thoughtful discussion, where diverse perspectives enhance and build the community,” said Christina Lizaso, Community Manager for Intake.me, 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. Intake.me 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 http://www.powerfulpatients.org/pen/

About Intake.me
Founded in 2013, Intake.me 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 Intake.me digital health application, the company has focused on creating educational content for patients and caregivers through its online health academy ePatient101.com. Recent courses created by Intake.me on the platform have included Empowered Patient 101, Caregiver 101, and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia 101.

For Media Inquiries please contact:
Patient Empowerment Network
Kara Rayburn
Director of Digital Communications


ePatient 101 Course – Thoughts and Opinions

Having trouble navigating the healthcare industry? Overwhelmed with all the decisions you need to make? Buried in all of the information? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then the ePatient 101 Course could be just what you’re looking for. ePatient 101 was created by Intake.me to empower patients, caregivers, or patient advocates in all of their health matters. Being an “ePatient” means becoming empowered, educated, and engaged in your disease.

The course is laid out in four key components:

  • The course itself with tips and advice from experts and patients
  • Exercises to form your own ePatient toolkit
  • Technological tools to help organize your information on the intake.me platform
  • Patient chat community for support and troubleshooting

This format allows you to have the confidence and strength to be able to best advocate for yourself. This course has received rave reviews and you can read some of those below. Oh, and did I mention it’s free to all!

“What’s great about the virtual learning environment is that it allows you to combine video, audio and other multimedia content from multiple sources into one, easy-to-access place. Users get carefully curated content that feels fresh and that they can complete at their own pace.

“The benefit of the eLearning environment is that its able to meet you where you are… you can do it anytime, anywhere, and you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to gain valuable tools and insight on topics that can greatly impact your health and the health of those around you.”
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“We are excited to partner with the Patient Empowerment Network because our missions align perfectly: we’re all passionate about empowering patients throughout their healthcare journey. With the folks at Patient Empowerment Network, we’re able to provide our first disease-specific courses, starting with CLL 101 (Chronic lymphocytic leukemia), and we look forward to co-creating more courses through our partnership in the future.” – Darla Brown, intake.me founder

[lead]Join us on Fri 3/18 1 PM ET/10 AM PT for an Empowered #patientchat on Twitter (@power4patients) with our friends @intakeme[/lead]
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