The State of Things – By HealthUnlocked’s CEO

Although we have been relatively quiet about it, we’ve been doing pretty amazing stuff here during the last few months and I just wanted to take this opportunity to share some recent news about the state of things at HealthUnlocked.

We closed our last investment round in June and since then have been working hard on many exciting new developments:

At the end of July we launched a highly scalable platform, brand-new from top to bottom. The new system is running really well and we’re on track to exceed projections.  Amongst other things, this state-of-the-art platform boasts a bespoke Health Graph. This is a language-agnostic semantic capability connecting users, conditions, symptoms and treatments in a revolutionary new way.

As part of our expansion, in September we launched in Spanish and Portuguese. Today we have over 100 condition specific communities run by charities in over 12 Spanish-speaking countries and Brazil and Portugal. The reception has been wonderful and the press has covered us widely (business, radio and technology press). We can say today that we’re not only the largest social network for patients in Europe but also the first multilingual in the world.  And we’re ready to deploy our semantic approach in 11 languages.

Our growth is also worth noting. At the end of October we had over 170,000 registered members and over 1.2 million monthly visits to the platform. Besides the new Latin American traffic, we’ve noticed a huge increase in traffic from the US. In October alone, the US grew 175% and now represent 25% of our total visits.

Meanwhile the UK goes from strength to strength.  In October traffic in our 200 condition-specific communities grew over 20%. Our partnership with NHS Choices also grows stronger: we now have over 100 communities embedded directly into www.nhs.uk.  

We’ve also made great progress with our patient-clinician applications that sit on top of the platform. In addition to the 26 UK hospitals that already use HealthUnlocked, 18 more will be coming online at the end of February 2014 with the total to reach 100 by the end of 2014.

Finally, Bruce Keogh (the medical director of the NHS) yesterday used the Healthunlocked platform to publish his comment on the first of a series of NHS reviews directly to patients. This is the first time a major NHS figure has used a patient social media channel to broadcast this type of information. It’s significant that he chose to use Healthunlocked as his medium and we aim increasingly to be the recognisable channel for health news and stories aimed at patients and other health users.

If you’d like to find out more about HealthUnlocked, please watch our new video and follow us on Twitter @healthunlocked / @HUEspanol / @HUPortugues, check out our blog or get in touch with me directly.

– Jorge Armanet, CEO & Co-Founder of HealthUnlocked


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