I just came across the MyMSmyway site. This site provides technology solutions to people with MS to help them with the challenges to their vision, cognition or dexterity that MS can create. It was created out of a collaboration between Bayer Healthcare, Microsoft and the National MS society and originated from a survey of 2,390 people with MS. According to the survey:
“…many people living with MS who experience visual, dexterity, and cognitive challenges report that technology plays a vital role in helping them live with the disease. However, relatively few are using the assistive technologies that could help them overcome many of these challenges.“
The content of the site goes into to many details of how technology can overcome and/or ease some of the challenges. It also has a special section dedicated to technology at the work place and affordability of these technologies. An online community is as well part of the site.
For me this site brings together a lot of great patient-focus: It’s built on needs revealed by a solid survey. It was created in collaboration with Bayer, the national MS patient advocacy group, as well as Microsoft to bring in the technological expertise. So even though, it still has a little bit too much “corporate“ gloss for my taste, this is a great initiative and example of using social media technology to add value to patients. Another point worth noting: I found out about it thanks to Lisa’s blog post, thus the site also managed to get the word out to the powerful MS online community, good job