In it, I ask the question: “What if we had a Kickstarter style platform for CME funding?”
I went on to add, “Do I think there is some possibility of a Kickstarter-esque CME funding website that allows HCP’s, advocacy groups, societies, etc., to contribute to activities they have an interest in and would help CME providers fill-in the gaps left by traditional funding sources? Definitely.”
Well, it appears that there may already be something in place that fits the description above. Allow me to introduce you to MedStartr.
“MedStartr is a new way to fund healthcare projects, startups, and innovations that improve healthcare and help people live longer, better lives. We believe that:
A great healthcare solution, research project, device, or idea that can improve health can spread around the world very very fast.
Patients and Physicians are the key to the Solution and they will back projects they believe in with their time, energy, and wallets.”
Naturally, I was curious as to whether they would allow funding of projects focused on the education of healthcare providers. A quick scan of the website didn’t show any current projects of that nature, but the website is till in the beta stage, so I felt it was worth pursuing further. Fortunately, this past Monday evening I just so happened to stumble upon a Twitter chat on “Healthcare Crowdfunding” (#HCCF) which was being moderated by Medstartr (@MedStartr) themselves (note: it’s much easier to “stumble upon” great resources like this if you are on Twitter. [hint hint]). Fantastic! I took the opportunity to ask them and the rest of the group about their thoughts on crowdfunded CME.
Hey #hccf, quick question: do you see a role for CF CME/CPD as alternative funding source to industry/Pharma?
Maybe not a definitive answer, but at least they didn’t seem opposed to the possibility. It might really be an option!
So…I’ll ask all of you: what do YOU think of the possibility of crowdfunded CME? Do you think it’s possible to get enough funding from the public to support a CME activity? What hurdles would their be to overcome?
I love the idea of it. I want to try it. I have a few ideas if anyone is interested. Let’s make this happen!