iHealthBeat: Two Web sites have been developed to allow consumers to update their friends and family members about their medical treatment and recovery process. Friends and family are able to post messages on these sites to provide support and encouragement for patients.
CaringBridge and CarePages are free for consumers and have the same goal. CaringBridge does not require users to log in but it does count the amount of pages viewed. CarePages requires visitors to create a user profile before viewing a CarePage.
SOURCE: Patients Use Online Services To Update Friends, Family