23andMe’s New Health Portal Wants Us to Share Even More Data
23andMe has provided their customers with a new health portal that makes it possible to share how they manage 18 common health conditions, including depression, ADHD, migraine and asthma.
Each condition page includes scientifically curated information describing the condition, its genetic and non-genetic influences, as well as how common it is in 23andMe research participants.
The portal doesn’t provide customers with information on the likelihood of having certain diseases, as 23andMe is known for. Rather, the customer self-report how their condition is being treated.
This enables the customer to see what treatment strategy that seems to work for others, and for 23andMe, it’s another valuable data source they didn’t have previously.
“It’s evident by the growing response from our customers that there is a real desire for information around health treatments,” says product manager, Jessie Inchauspe. “It’s important to enable people to actively engage in sharing health information with each other.”
Since rolling out the treatment pages over the past few weeks, thousands of people have already contributed over 30,000 personal reviews of their responses to different treatments, according to 23andMe.
One could argue that 23andMe are somehow misleading users about the nature of the content, despite their disclaimer saying: “This content is NOT based on your genetics. It may not be representative of the general population or of you as an individual.”
However, the company says that the purpose of these pages is to share crowdsourced information on the effectiveness of treatments, for now. But the information could at some people aid in research into how people of different ethnicities or different genetic makeups respond differently to treatments.