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  • What can healthcare providers learn from patients?
  • What can healthcare providers learn from patients?
    Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Creative Commons (2017) ©

WEGO Health: using patient experts to redesign care

In a precarious healthcare environment, Americans are Googling symptoms and seeking alternative remedies. Aiming to return power to the people, WEGO Health connects ‘Patient Leaders’ with health firms to ensure medical products are made with patient needs in mind.

Location United States

In a seemingly hostile healthcare environment in which many Americans are having to weigh up whether they can afford insurance in addition to their everyday expenses, some are taking medical matters into their own hands by Googling their symptoms or taking alternative remedies. Aiming to return power to the people, WEGO Health has been partnering with ‘Patient Leaders’ and the social communities that surround them in an attempt to bring healthcare businesses closer to their needs. As an advocate for integrating patient expertise into the cycle of research and development for medical products, it’s using technology to enable “innovation ...



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