Crowdsourcing seems this month’s health care buzzword. It is everywhere. I’ve seen it used in three different health care contexts over the last months: 1) as a means to raise money for treatment, 2) as a means to gain access to treatments, and 3) as a means to help medical diagnoses. In thinking about these contexts I found myself asking: Would I use it, or would I not? I am curious to hear if you would use the tool of crowdsourcing, after I give my ideas. Please feel free to comment at the end of my post.
What is crowdsourcing?
The dictionary defines crowdsourcing as: “the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers”. In my own terms, crowdsourcing is an appeal to the online crowd/public to assist in a specific endeavor, like the above. Crowdsourcing is about ‘power in numbers’. It could be an appeal to the public to raise money, signatures, or to gather information/expertise.
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