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.

Our OPENHealth programs: Collaborative Chronic Care Network, HealthStitch, Biohackathons,
Regional Resource Network, OPENHealth Central, Governance by Design

OPENHealth benefits everyone, whether you’re in perfect health or living with chronic disease.

What is OPENHealth?

OPENHealth is

Accessibility, transparency, shared
information, infrastructure,
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,
clinician-connected, and
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
visionary foundations.

OPENHealth is
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,
cost-effective care.

Our OPENHealth programs are taking bold yet well-researched steps to transform healthcare.
We’re ready to further these programs and we need your help.


Patient-Centered Innovation

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.

That’s why Lybba has joined with the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence and ImproveCareNow to create C3N, a new model for devising and testing innovations in clinical care and research.

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That’s My Data

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”.

Lybba’s response is HealthStitch, a mobile application that uses the latest technology to collect paper health records via a smartphone camera. A patient photographs her records which automatically upload to the cloud and are stitched together to create a seamless healthcare record. HealthStitch makes health information accessible, useful, and secure for patients. What’s simpler than taking a picture of your health record right at the doctor’s office?

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Science Is Hacking

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 introduce biotech to students by experimenting with solutions for real-world problems, while embracing the popularity of DIY culture and encouraging students’ ownership of the experience. The focus on genomics allows kids to ponder “what life is” as they explore DNA molecules, the size of genomes, DNA in different organisms, and tools biotechnologists use to extract, visualize, and understand DNA sequences. It prompts us to consider what “bodies are” beyond theory and equations.

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Spread Knowledge, Region by Region

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.

Lybba recently completed an ecology model that depicts the current experiences of quality improvement groups across the nation. With these insights driving our designs, we are working with our collaborators to devise prototypes that will support the network’s ultimate goals: to make it easier for people to develop, curate, and spread knowledge, and to be a trusted source for answers to quality improvement challenges.

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The Medical Record Comes to Life

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.

We propose to bridge the gap between insurance reform and healthcare reform with OPENHealth Central, which connects patients to their health information and allows them to make meaningful use of that information through goal setting and an interactive care plan.

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Innovation, Collaboration

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.

Lybba’s response is Governance by Design, which will supply funding organizations and legal partnerships the program-design guidance and contractual language they need to govern new endeavors. Lybba’s aim is make it easier for partnerships to co-create and share all manner of data and intellectual property while protecting the rights of patients, researchers, and others. Governance by Design will increase the formulation and success of novel collaborations, furthering both business objectives and the common good.

Support for Lybba’s design governance has come from individual donors. Help us carry out this initiative.