Seven Surgeons Build a Clinic in the Cloud, But Will Patients Come?

submission by youngworld

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http://openclinic.com

Tell us about your project

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Open Clinic is an online platform for any patient who wants to learn about heart surgery directly from a band of seven world-class heart surgeons at different institutions across the United States. These young surgeons of the Open Clinic are all equipped with web cameras to easily self-publish their own video answers to general questions about surgery that site users submit.

Our mission is to build the most unbiased and accessible patient education experience online for every type of surgical patient. Highly literate or not, English-speaking or not, even lacking direct Internet access or not, it doesn’t matter. Our 'clinic in the cloud' is designed with these differences in mind from the very start.

Open Clinic is not an e-consult service where patients can get specific medical diagnoses, but a long overdue learning community of surgeons and patients. Open Clinic is not here to replace clinic visits, but to supplement them in a way that feels more real than anything else online.

How could a week in the GOOD office help bring your idea to life?

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Our big idea is to open up the Open Clinic platform to all communities of heart surgery patients and maximize their varying educational experiences from start to finish.

Having just raised a net $3,000 (http://www.indiegogo.com/openclinic), we're one of many crowdfunding campaigns that fell short, but we're not discouraged. We feel as creative as ever.

For one week, we'd like to plan, implement, and document a creative challenge to GOOD editors of the Health, Education, and Technology sections, and also GOOD brand strategist(s) -- can we together do with $3,000 and GOOD's collective network what we would have done alone with $15,000 (or more) to reach patient communities in need?

Taking as much prioritized action as possible in one week, we'd track its progress after the week was over and report on how much measurable social impact and overall value had essentially been created for the Open Clinic in that one week at the GOOD office.

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Heart surgery can be a difficult and often scary experience to understand. Thanks for making this information accessible to all patients!

by esimons
over 1 year ago | Reply

You're very welcome, and exactly right. We want to work with (and train) a new generation of surgeons who want to step up and educate patient communities like never before. Let us know if you have any feedback or questions. Thanks.

by youngworld
over 1 year ago | Reply

Ken was a colleague of mine at NBC News - I know him to possess equal parts imagination and compassion, which make him the perfect person to pull off Open Clinic.

It's a Big Idea with a Big Heart, and it deserves GOOD's support!

by CynthiaJoyce
over 1 year ago | Reply

I approve this message :) Thanks for the vote Joyce!

by youngworld
over 1 year ago | Reply

Ken was a colleague of mine at NBC News - I know him to possess equal parts imagination and compassion, which make him the perfect person to pull off Open Clinic.

It's a Big Idea with a Big Heart, and it deserves GOOD's support!

by CynthiaJoyce
over 1 year ago | Reply

Amazing! Thank you so much Cynthia. I love the way you summed up the project too, "a big idea with a big heart".

by alexandrawlee
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Good Makers! Just a quick note to say to please feel free to ask us (Ken, Chad, & Alexandra) any questions you have about Open Clinic. We'll be checking this discussion board regularly and look forward to hearing from you all. Also, if you voted for us -- we would love to hear why you chose our project and why it stood out to you. Thanks so much!

by alexandrawlee
over 1 year ago | Reply

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