A few announcements today:
First, I’ve been hit by a generous helping of comment spam, forcing me to switch on my “moderate comments” filter. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If your comment is legitimate, rest assured it will be posted, it just may take a little longer than back in the day when I could just leave comments open without screening everybody. *Sigh*
btw, for those of you who’ve been writing to me with an array of OmniPod questions, please scroll through the category here called “OmniPod-ing.” You can also use the “Find It” button in the left-hand margin. Answers to many of your questions may be revealed
And now, without further ado, I’d like to make an announcement that’s much more fun:
A group called Changemakers, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is sponsoring a collaborative competition for “Disruptive Innovations in Health and Health Care.” This means if you’re part of some health-related organization and have a cool idea for a solution that helps improve people’s lives, you may be able to see it realized!
RWJF is America’s largest philanthropic organization devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care. If you can believe, it is making $5 Million Available to Support Ideas That Transform Markets and Empower Consumers.
The competition is open to all types of organizations (charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities) from all countries. Entries will be judged on innovation, social impact, and sustainability.
A lot of the focus seems to be on programs, such as walk-in health clinics for the uninsured, but it does appear that visionary product ideas are welcome as well. One example cited is “Glucose monitors that provide diabetics with the convenience of blood glucose readings in seconds from the comfort of their own home.”
What springs to mind for me of course is all that talk about making medical devices more like consumer gadgets… I’m sure many of you have an idea or two to help the 62M Americans affected by diabetes.
Read all the entries so far, and submit YOUR IDEA here. Entries are accepted till July 18, 2007 3:00 pm EST (21:00 GMT), so don’t wait too long to get “disruptive” in the world of health care here!