HealthUnlocked is a social network with over 500 health and wellbeing online communities/forums on different conditions. Millions of people come to it each month to compare experiences and get support from other people who have the same health condition as them.
It provides life changing support increases patient activation and transforms experiences of health conditions alongside contributing to improving health outcomes for many people. Free to use and in the top three health websites in the UK people increasingly turn to the platform as an alternative to traditional care. User statistics (2016): 18% use clinical services less 37% have better interactions with doctor or other health professionals 50% feel more confident managing their condition on a day to day basis 54% have recommended HealthUnlocked to others
“Social Media networks for specific health conditions are now getting more popular and easy to be able to download, HealthUnlocked however looks into all medical conditions possible with the opportunity to share experiences as users”
“Highly rated by users due to ranking of all health websites available in the UK”
“A growing medium for those seeking health advice without needing to go to GPs”
About Julia Manning
Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry.
Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council.
Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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