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Esther Dyson Launches Population Health Challenge

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2014

Philanthropists Wanted
"So it's a combination of a large number of different kinds of funding from donors, from social investors, from vendors giving in-kind services or goods, and maybe in outer years, the school board raises a bond to do something with the school lunch. Each community is going to need to get money and support from a variety of courses in a variety of funds.

"We'll be looking for people who want to invest in various ways of producing health. We're also looking for donors [and] philanthropists."

And of course, Dyson is reaching out to her famous set of angel investor friends. The goal, of course, is to go beyond that. Another way to maintain excitement on Dyson's agenda is "a cheesy reality TV show" and perhaps a documentary.

As we see more and more crowdfunded efforts springing up in healthcare technology, Dyson's approach has some similarities – with perhaps a crowd with deeper pockets, or at least one that's been around the startup block a time or two.

Dyson hopes for up to 50 applicants for the five spots, and already has solid interest from several communities. Her population health dream is alive, and by this fall we should start to see some manifestations of it.


Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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