San Francisco, CA– Nowadays we can crowdsource just about anything. We can fund the latest innovations on Indiegogo, back the coolest watch you’ve ever seen on Kickstarter, and even give the gift of sight to the blind for a short while.
The latest crowdsourcing organization to come to my attention, Watsi, partners with hospitals to provide donations in the form of healthcare assistance to underserved populations in low income countries. At its core, the company connects patients who can’t afford necessary medical procedures with web-based donors. The organization provides support for these patients around the world across 170 different types of procedures including heart surgery, cancer care, and brain tumor removals.
Watsi’s next endeavor is to move beyond individual donations and to leverage healthcare data to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of medical institutions. The organization has funded a malnutrition clinical trail in Guatemala, with the ultimate goal being to take that data and give it to other nonprofits to improve healthcare worldwide.
Watsi’s chief executive, Chase Adam, has extremely high aspirations for the startup and has proclaimed that their goal is to reach 1 million patients by 2020. He has also voiced that Watsi is fighting to fundamentally change the way that healthcare providers view data so that hospitals can be held more accountable and provide the necessary information to organizations about where is best to take patients for certain operations and care needs.