SALT LAKE CITY (December 04, 2012) – Alliance Health Networks, the leading social networking company serving consumers and the healthcare industry, today announced the addition of Martine Ehrenclou, M.A., award-winning author, patient advocate and speaker, as a new patient advocate on more than a dozen condition-specific social networks focused on chronic and complex conditions. The company currently serves more than 1.5 million registered users across some 50 health social networks.
Ehrenclou is the author of two award-winning books: Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive and The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care. Through her books, articles, blog, and lectures, Ehrenclou reveals insider information on how to interact effectively with medical professionals and navigate the healthcare system. Ehrenclou has a master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University. More information on Ehrenclou can be found on her website, www.TheTakeChargePatient.com.
"Patient advocates play a vital role in ensuring our online communities are sources of reliable information and helpful advice," said Dan Hickey, senior vice president of product at Alliance Health Networks. "Their contributions are highly valued by our members, who learn how to improve their health outcomes and lower their healthcare costs. Martine is a huge asset for us, but even more so for our members, who will greatly benefit from her expertise."
As a patient advocate, Ehrenclou will offer network members deep knowledge and experience dealing with particular diseases or conditions and can offer a unique perspective on how to effectively cope with and manage their health. She will also contribute articles on a variety of topics that aim to empower patients to become proactive and effective participants in their own health care.
"My mission is to bring to light the importance of being an advocate for others and for ourselves," said Ehrenclou. "It was my loved ones' difficult experiences with medical care, followed by my own personal trial with debilitating, chronic pain, that put me on this path of taking charge. I am excited for this opportunity to help members of Alliance Health's vast online communities make informed decisions about their care and treatment."
About Alliance Health Networks
Alliance Health Networks is building a free and independent social engagement platform that gives people the power to navigate their personal health journey. The company owns and operates more than 50 social networks and 20 mobile versions serving over 1.5 million registered members. Alliance Health leverages social networks to help consumers more actively manage their care through personal connections, powerful tools, and deeper insights. The company's investors include New World Ventures, Physic Ventures, Highway 12 Ventures, EPIC Ventures and Voyager Capital. For more information, visit: www.alliancehealthnetworks.com.
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