Will Pressure from the Crowd Help Improve Your Health?

Written by Priti Ambani

May 1, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-04-30 at 3.45.17 PMYou can use your smartphone to find a local ATM, but what if you need a defibrillator? Lucien Engelen shows us online innovations that are changing the way we save lives, including a crowdsourced map of local defibrillators.

Via TED, Lucien Engelen is a technologist and innovator who is working to put patients into the healthcare team. He says, “[Crowdsourcing] is peer pressure used to help patients. This could be used for obesity; It could be used to stop smoking.” Lucien Engelen was the first Dutch Health 2.0 Ambassador, a position he used to inspire many to step into the world of participatory healthcare. He believes that new technologies, and the revolution in communication modes that is accompanying them, will have an enormous impact on the fantastic challenges posed by the current state of health care around the world

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Priti Ambani

Priti Ambani is the Global Media Director at Crowdsourcing Week, a thought leader and prominent writer on social and environmental enterprises, start-ups and Web 2.0 businesses. As the Director and Managing Editor of Ecopreneurist, Priti has been instrumental in growing the site into a notable social business resource. Specializing in her ability to work with impact organizations from the ground up, Priti has developed successful business and communications strategies for fledgling start-ups, social and environmental enterprises. She also serves as a sustainability consultant at GreenDen consultancy and advises on CSR and the triple bottom line. Priti is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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