The site opened on June of 2010, but according to comments Michael Ostrovksy made to ABC News, it still is only getting up to 2000 visitors a day, and that’s in uneven spurts.
When I logged on to Heal Cam recently there was exactly 1 visitor – me.
Depending on your current status, the left button is either As you can see in the screenshot above, you can also control your camera and microphone input.
These controls only appear when you hover your mouse over the area below your own webcam image.
The simplicity is great because it’s straightforward, quick, and easy.
On the other hand, the randomness and anonymity increases the potential of running into a weirdo. This article will show you how you can protect yourself from strange encounters while you do the Chatroulette shuffle with multiple chat partners.
Which is why I’m hoping it starts doing better soon.
Heal Cam has the right idea, let’s hope that they get it to work.
In the ecosystem of patient communities, Heal Cam operates in a valuable niche: anonymous connections with quick video chats. Patients who want to track data with other patients, or share in a more public forum, will have to transition to other sites.
Still, for what it provides, Heal Cam is a great idea.
There have been several promising technologies in the works, including AI programs that could assist doctors in diagnosis, growing databases of research on specific disorders (like Autism), and large biobanks of samples linked to patient histories.
Once fully realized, the combination of IT and medical research will give doctors a flood of new insights into our health.