COPD Foundation Launches COPD360social: Innovative Social Platform Provides One-Stop Resource for COPD Information, Social Interaction and Community Support

November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 19, 2014 – In conjunction with World COPD Day, The COPD Foundation (COPDF) announces the launch of COPD360social, an innovative social collaboration platform and indispensible one-stop resource for the more than 24 million Americans touched by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD360social enables users to find answers, access quality educational materials, participate in research, advocate for healthcare policy change and connect with new friends.

“So many members in our COPD community are isolated and alone,” says John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPDF. “COPD360social will unite patients, family members, caregivers and medical professionals, and give them a place to learn, share and obtain answers from a trusted source.” Unlike other online forums or communities, COPD360social is the only site run by a nonprofit organization focusing exclusively on COPD, while providing access to evidence-based content from a trusted source. Powered by DNN Corp., COPD360social will provide unique, cutting-edge functionality not currently available to the online community. Some of the features that will contribute to this rich online experience will include user profiles and activity fees, user messaging and notifications, feedback for ideation, Q&A, as well as data analytics for program administrators.

“We believe this unique, centralized location will facilitate communication with all patients, providing the COPDF with the best opportunity to understand the specific needs of our community,” Walsh adds. “COPD360social is the COPDF's way of expressing gratitude to a community that can make the world take notice of this silent epidemic.”