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Wednesday, June 21 • 2:45pm - 3:15pm
#361: Online Health Communities: A New Frontier in Health Research

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Patients are the most valuable sources of information when seeking to learn about people’s experiences living with a specific condition, and which medical approaches have or have not worked. Online communities are a direct access point to an immense amount of valuable data that can be gathered quickly and inexpensively by posing questions to the communities, fielding online surveys, or applying social listening techniques to organic conversations. This session will engage the audience in a lively discussion focusing on new ideas for gathering information from online communities as ways to advance health research, particularly clinical trials, product development and acceptance testing.


Sara Hayes, MPH

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Sara Hayes

Director, Community Development, Health Union, LLC
Sara Hayes, MPH, is Director of Community Development at Health Union where she uses her experience in health care and patient engagement to support Health Union’s communities. With a Master’s degree in Public Health and experience across a variety of healthcare settings, Sara... Read More →

Wednesday June 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm CDT
S400 Concourse McCormick Place 2301 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Gate 4 Chicago, IL 60616