I’ve seen YouTube’s power as a community, and occasionally it rallies on behalf of an individual or cause related to health. However I’ve yet to see a health community that’s truly powered by images and video (and involves patient-to-patient peer support leveraging webcams and the Internets).
In general, I like when the power of new-technology marketing is put toward a health cause.
Like imagine the video campaigns that can come out of the FDA’s imagery for cigarette packs! Graphic cigarette labels: Will they work? You damned straight they will… at least compared to text. The proof is in other countries.
They challenge, of course, will be to use these negative reinforcements the drive urgency, then positive-reinforcement and behavior change to help people. A scary imagine alone can have moderate effect, but people are generally more eager to change when you tell them how and try to go beyond scaring them into change.
Now on a happier but related note:
PatientsLikeMe is a health site where you can specify your illness(es), see how other people rated various treatments, and (if you wish) engage with other patients. The site jumped on my radar when it launched years ago, and I wrote the founder. It surfaced again when it surprisingly was able to publish findings on co-morbidities (if you have x illness, you may likely have y).
The site held a video contest answering the question “how has PatientsLikeMe helped you,” and here are the winners (see link for embedded videos).
Here are the top winners chosen across three different categories:
Most Creative Presentation:
tiredoftired of New Jersey for Depression Feels Like
Most Inspiring Story:
tired old me of Delaware for Patients Like Me: Bonnie Tipton
Top Voted (by peers):
Roulette67 of New Jersey for I Am Not Alone