Sunday, March 7, 2010

Traitwise alpha -- Call for participation

As many of my friends know, I've been working on a project for sometime that aims to develop a user-friendly interface for answering and creating health-related questions. We are excited to release the alpha version of and hope you'll help us by participating.

Traitwise is about giving us all a voice in our own health care. Not only can you answer questions, but you may develop questions of your own about any health related subject. We would very much appreciate it if you would create an account and then create questions,
especially about specific diseases or conditions based on your own experience -- after all, no one knows better about a condition than those who suffer from it.

The question creation process is very easy, and don't worry about making mistakes -- all questions go through a review process.

If you are interested in creating questions, you may review the question creation guidelines here, which may make the process easier for us:

For those super-technical friends of mine, be sure to check out the "Analytics" page and see a prototype of how it is that our system finds interesting patterns. (Try "sleep" as an example).

Please note that as this is an alpha release and thus there are plenty of bugs to find (please report them on the "Feedback" page) and many features missing. The most important of the missing features is "results" -- that is returning back to you the interesting findings about your health. As it is now, the system mostly takes from you (your answers and questions) but gives back very little (the results). By answering questions, you are helping us to gather a sufficient amount of data that we may fully develop the results pages.

Thank you for all your help!

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