Future of Care

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Future of Care: Building Communities around Medical Technologies

NEW YORK, United States
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Scaling strategies launched within the past 6 months:
Trainings, Consultation
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Future of Care is a NYC-based nonprofit that convenes entrepreneurial, clinical, and financial stakeholders to facilitate the design, development, and successful integration of positively-impactful medical technologies.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if doctors collaborated with developers and engineers to create novel ways to improve your health?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

New York City, a leading city with renowned academic hospitals, is also emerging as a tech hub. However, there currently exists a dearth of innovators in the field of medical technologies, with even fewer focused on the development of patient-centered health technologies. There is a critical need for a low-cost public forum bringing together patients, academia, hospitals, venture capital, and tech firms in envisioning the future of care.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Future of Care group brings together students and clinicians from NYC universities and hospitals (including Weill Cornell, Rockefeller University, MSKCC, Columbia, and NYU) through free public conferences around the topic of medical technologies. At these events, patients, clinicians, business professionals, and developers learn together in seminars by healthcare leaders and collaborate to acquire crucial skills (e.g. EMR standards, 3D printing) in public workshops. Promising ideas are nurtured by connecting team members to resources, including NYC based incubators and grants.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our 2016 event, held at the New York Academy of Medicine, was a resounding success, bringing together 200+ people from a variety of backgrounds. Our morning seminar series included leaders in healthcare from Google and Flatiron Health. Around 100 people attended skill-building workshops, learning skills such Health-related 3D printing, coding in the HL7 FHIR EMR standard, and design for Global Health settings.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have student chapters at academic centers across NYC, including Weill Cornell and Rockefeller University. We anticipate expansion to Cornell Tech, Columbia, NYU Langone, New York Medical College, and Mount Sinai over the next year.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

In future years, with the continued growth of the NYC med tech community, we hope to scale the size and duration of our events. In order to maintain free admission to all, we are working with corporate and governmental partners.
Sustainability
Funding: How is your project financially supported?: 
individual donations or gifts - 10%
foundation or NGO grants - 80%
corporate contributions - 10%

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Other groups addressing medical technologies include Health 2.0 NYC, which charges fees for large events centered around networking, and Hacking Health NYC which organizes regular small networking events throughout the city. No other groups currently offer free educational programming comparable to Future of Care.
Team

Team

NYC Board: Nathan J. Liu, David A. Westfall, Roger Ying, Margaret M. Fabiszak, Kevin M. Boehm, Manik D. Uppal, Sejal Shah, Timothy R. Donahoe