Ms. Sperber gathers, synthesizes, and tells the stories behind the data. Currently, she is
completing her PhD Health Policy at the Heller School at Brandeis University. Her research
explores a novel online health community based on Twitter, and seeks to examine the notion of
patient centered care within the context of a public social network. At its core, this research asks
how social media – and more broadly, health information technology – is impacting ways we
communicate about/engage in health, and posits that this type of community may act as a
meaningful forum for interdisciplinary (patients included) exchange as well as traditional
emotional and informational support.