To sign up for a patient care site, a patient or the patient´s friends or family register them with the site. After the process is complete including setting levels of privacy, a personal, patient care website is created that invitations can be sent to loved ones to join and updates can be posted concerning progress and treatment.
Popular sites like Caring Bridge offer additional services including a support planner, which helps family and loved ones coordinate treatment and tasks that come up in a serious medical situation.
Patient care sites offer instant access to a patients well being and provide support from remote friends during the recovery process. Vetted sites take the patient's and the users privacy seriously and personal information is safeguarded by security measures.