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The Patient Revolution


Ahrens explained how the platform fits into the broader context of the “patient revolution,” in which patients are becoming increasingly motivated to become active participants in their healthcare. This revolution is being fueled by mobile tools and social media, he said. And it is becoming necessary, as our healthcare system struggles to deal with rising cost pressures, an uptick in chronic conditions and as doctor–patient interaction becomes increasingly limited.
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Patients Connecting


For patients suffering from Crohn’s Disease, a new website called Crohnology is offering patients a way to connect across the digital landscape.
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How Remicade Infusion Pow-Wows Are Empowering Patients


Sean Ahrens is one of Health 2.0′s fastest rising stars. At the age of 12, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an incurable, inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. After having several devastating flare-ups, he went on a quest to do anything he could to treat the disease by experimenting with numerous alternative therapies and diets (including intentionally infecting himself with parasitic worms).
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Excellent Idea: Chronic Illness Social Network


An online community started by Sean Ahrens, called Healthy Labs, is geared towards those living with chronic health conditions. A sufferer of Crohn's disease, Ahrens wanted to make it possible for patients living with disease to connect with one another for support, treatment options and experiences with medication... This virtual destination also provides a much needed resource for the newly diagnosed or for those who have to deal with chronic illness alone.
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Just One of Us


Today, Crohnology has evolved from a basic health tracker to an interactive social network where people monitor and report on their Crohn's and connect with other patients to find support. "One of my biggest goals with Crohnology is to cut through the emotional isolation you often feel with IBD," [Sean] said. "Nothing can ever replicate the emotional power of a face-to-face connection with another person with IBD. I want Crohnology to help people make those real-life connections."
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Online Tools Building Community Around Illness and Disease


Sean Ahrens was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and after experiencing debilitating flare-ups, he went on a quest to find his own methods of managing his illness. Over time, Ahrens realized the information he had gathered might help others coping with the disease, so he founded startup Crohnology to share his story and encourage others to do the same.
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Patients Taking Charge: Crohnology


Just like you, San Francisco resident Molly Reisman enjoys some serious social networking in her spare time. She regularly checks her friends' profiles, comments, asks questions, and welcomes new users. But it isn't Facebook she's patronizing. Molly, a 42-year-old education researcher, is a devoted member of a unique social networking site that she says has thoroughly enhanced her life—it's Crohnology.com, a revolutionary, online patient-to-patient platform for people with Crohn's disease and colitis to share and track information with each other.
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Distilled Patient Experience


Anecdotal evidence in science is a controversial topic because data points are gathered in an ad hoc manner, and so they are difficult to combine into a proper study that points to definitive conclusions. Yet lots of useful information has been gathered this way over the centuries, and Sean Ahrens, someone we covered before, and who suffers from Crohn’s disease, founded Crohnology.com to help search for clues for this condition from a crowd of dispersed Crohn’s patients.
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