Together, we can create a new kind of networked healthcare system.
One that defies geographic and institutional boundaries. One that’s adaptable and
continually learns from itself. One that harnesses our collective intelligence and
places the power to heal in everyone’s hands.
It’s called OPENHealth.
OPENHealth benefits everyone, whether you’re in perfect health or living with chronic disease.
What is OPENHealth?
Accessibility, transparency, shared
removing barriers to care. We
believe open networks are more
efficient and effective, vibrant and
humane. They transform
healthcare at its core and create
more empowered patients and
physicians, resulting in better care
and healthier lives.
OPENHealth is making
Our programs are patient-focused,
researcher-friendly. Networks that
unite these groups allow for better
knowledge sharing, improve
clinical practice, and impact both
personal and population health.
We work with large teaching
hospitals and community health
clinics, micro-experts and
designing the MEANS
We create online resources that
make it easy to access, visualize,
and make meaningful use of health
data. Our tools empower patients
to be both active participants and
interpreters of their health, and
allow healthcare professionals to
provide more nuanced,
C3N: COLLABORATIVE CHRONIC
Chronic illness harms too many and costs too much. The current health system encourages clinicians to focus on individual incidences of illness rather than continuous, collaborative care. The result: while most Americans have at least one chronic condition, we receive only about 50% of the care we need.
Health records are scattered between doctors’ offices, labs, insurance companies, and our own desk drawers. While we might legally own our health information, we often have to pay for it or jump through hoops to get it. In addition, medical records don’t always translate well between systems and each time you see a new specialist you risk “starting over”.
Just because kids grow up in an era of biotech doesn’t mean they understand the enormous potential of biotechnology. That’s why we conceived of and created an immersive DIY bio-design event for high school science classrooms in underserved communities. Focused on career opportunities in the life sciences and the cross-application of biotech knowledge, Biohackathon L.A. 2013, to be held in South L.A., will be the first in a series of Biohackathons across California.
Biohackathons are currently hosted by Lybba, Wondros, the California Biotechnology Foundation and The California Endowment, in collaboration with DIYbio, CITY\Hall, L.A.’s Promise, and Manual Arts High School. We welcome your help to expand this vital program to more underserved communities throughout the state.
REGIONAL RESOURCE NETWORK (RRN)
The U.S. spends $2.1 trillion on health care—16% of our gross domestic product. Yet compared to similar countries, our healthcare system ranks near the bottom in quality of care, access, efficiency, and equity; medical errors kill people everyday. Lybba’s response is a Regional Resource Network of quality improvement leaders, hospitals, insurers, and patient groups. This network is designed to share quality improvement ideas and resources so that we can start to turn those dire facts around.
The network will connect regional health improvement professionals, make their knowledge and experience accessible, and equip them with the means to create higher quality health, at a lower cost, in their communities. Lybba is doing this work in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
While the Affordable Care Act will increase health insurance coverage, it won’t necessarily translate into better care. The nation’s healthcare system is insufficiently prepared to meet the needs of the newly insured, many with significant health needs and circumstances that make it difficult to take full advantage of healthcare services in their communities.
OPENHealth Central will provide the newly insured with effective ways to organize and use their healthcare information in order to be more active participants in their own care. Engaged patients make healthier choices, which means a healthier population—and reduced healthcare costs—overall.
GOVERNANCE BY DESIGN
A new generation of data-rich research initiatives, technology-enhanced care solutions, virtual drug-development partnerships, and other healthcare innovations are emerging. They promise to make better treatments broadly available, but only if a new generation of partnership structures and legal instruments emerge as well.
Support for Lybba’s design governance has come from individual donors. Help us carry out this initiative.