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What problem does your solution solve?
Plenty of health providers already offer services to at-risk patients. And plenty of community health organizations offer other forms of help, including food and exercise programs.
Problem is, these organizations aren't connected in any systemic way. In order for a clinician to get a patient with hypertension other help, they need to already know someone in the organization. Same thing goes in the other direction.
Additionally, the records solution used right now is all on paper, handed to patients in big black 3 ring binders. This gets lost, stolen, or damaged all the time. Additionally, it's a security risk that HIPPA compliance officers would question.
The Open Health Project (OHP) solves all these problems with a web platform that stores medical records and hosts a referral system between clinics and other groups.
What’s the market potential for your solution?
There were 33,000,000 uninsured Americans in 2014, and 564,708 homeless Americans on any given night in 2015. There are countless organizations to support this population, and it's a problem nearly all of them have.
Fortunately, the patient market is shrinking, but that's partially due to the support network growing stronger. The Open Health Project would be putting akin to putting the network on steroids.
Who are your customers?
There are 3 main user groups, and then an early adopter organization to initiate in a given city.
The three groups are patients (homeless, uninsured, those outside of the healthcare system), clinicians (doctors, nurses, health professionals, clinics), and community health workers (diet and exercise programs, food programs, charities).
How will you reach your customers?
Will use existing databases in each city to connect with each organization involved on the organization side and clinic side. Patients and end users will be found through the local community health council and similar groups.
How will you make money?
It's a nonprofit software tool, but grants will supply the primary fuding at first. Later on, the platform might incorporate advertising revenue or small monthly membership fees to the clinics.
What kind of partners will you need to make, support and distribute your solution?
The primary partnership is with the Community Health Council (CHC) in the given city. From there, partnerships are made with clinics and community health workers.
What will your expenses include?
Hosting and development.
Who is your competition and how do you differ?
There are a few startups that provide database-like services, and a few that provide online medical records.
The Open Health Project is different in its focus on connecting existing organizations in a more effective way, while simultaneously easing access to healthcare by keeping necessary paperwork online and in one place.