[grow_thumb image=”http://telecareaware.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Esther-Dyson-Road-to-Wellville.png” thumb_width=”170″ /]Here’s the challenge set up by tech angel investor (EDventure Holdings
), philanthropist and astronaut-in-training Esther Dyson and her team at the interestingly named HICCup
(Health Initiative Coordinating Council): set up five communities of up to 100,000 people to see which one can achieve the greatest improvement in health and vitality over five years. The winner receives an award of up to $5 million. Like a startup, each community sets its own plans, pitches promising health initiatives to funders, negotiates with suppliers and measures impact; HICCup acts like a board of advisors. According to Ms Dyson, “The motivation is not to help these nice people in five cities to have better lives. It’s to prove a business model and to generate evidence and facts.” Some factors might be to start school later so children can have more sleep, or working with supermarkets to stock healthier foods and study shopping/buying patterns. But ‘The Way to Wellville’
starts ASAP; community applications deadline is 23 May and from the probable ten picked in June, a site visit to seven or eight to pick the Final Five . HICCup website
, announcement on HICCup blog
, Wall Street Journal
-subscription content), HIT Consultant article
by Fard Johnmar of Enspektos/DHPV 2014.
Previously in TTA: an architect’s vision of ‘wellness districts’ in rural areas
19-21 May 2013, Virtual
Can’t make ATA 2014? Possibly the first fully virtual conference in digital health, DHPV 2014 has 25+ speakers and is fully accessible online plus archived (helpful as all times are NY/Eastern). Speakers include Unity Stoakes of StartUp Health, Esther Tyson of HICCup (The Way to Wellville–more here), Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD: medical futurist, Matthew Holt of Health 2.0, Ryan Beckland of Validic [TTA 27 Jan], Jim Lefevere of Roche digital marketing, and more. Register here: pre-event price is $195.97 which goes up on 10 May to $225.97. Agenda Hat tip to Fard Johnmar of the Enspektos digital health consultancy organizing the event.