This blog post, Refresh Everything–Even Healthcare, posted on The Buzz Bin, aims to answer the question, “While crowdsourcing makes a lot of sense for consumer initiatives, does it make sense for healthcare, an industry often overwrought by rules and regulations?” The author, Jenn Riggle, says that it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish and also who you’re talking to. Take a look at her post to learn about a number of crowdsourcing projects related to healthcare—including Global Voices for Maternal Health.
“…Harvard has developed a crowdsourcing project whose goal is to help cure Type I diabetes. Funded by the National Institute of Health, the study is awarding prizes ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to people who contribute the best answers. This project joins sites like PatientsLikeMe and CureTogether that use crowdsourcing to help drive medical innovations…
…Kevin Walsh’s blog in Communique’ looked at how crowdsourcing is impacting healthcare. In addition to online communities, he also references great tools like Flutrackr or Google’s FluTrends that use crowdsourced data to track flu outbreaks and estimate flu trends.
Next week, the University of Oxford will launch Global Voices for Maternal Health, a crowdsourcing project that will include an online survey (in 9 languages) of 10,000 caregivers in developing countries to learn about the problems they face in delivering maternal healthcare, as well as a discussion forum to explore how they can overcome these barriers…”
Read the full post, Refresh Everything—Even Healthcare.
Click here for a May 21st post about Global Voices for Maternal Health.