Crowdsourcing (as the noun suggests) is a business model where an agency or an institution trusts the resolution, the realization and the development of its project, object or idea to a non defined number of persons who have not firstly organized.
This term is often used by agencies, journalists and other categories to refer the trend of structuring public collaboration, made possible by the new technology Web 2.0. in order to reach defined aims.
The MED Crowdsourcing‘s purpose is to realize this bottom-up intelligence model, like as advice and problem solving instrument, for public and private sanitary agencies.
Med Crowdsourcing is a production and problem solving model, acting by a precise and relative question asked to a non defined crowd.
These last ones usually meet each others in online communities, which provide a range of solutions checked by the group itself, until reaching the most performing solution.
The found solutions, become property of the institution or agency that firstly propose the problem, while, the users that have contribute to find the solution, could receive rewards like as money or premiums. In some cases the crowd are just content with the intellectual satisfaction. Crowdsourcing, allows to reach solutions by non professional volunteers users, who work to the problem in their free time, or by experts and little agencies unknown to the commissioning institution.
MED crowdsourcing is based on the utilization of three different crowdsourcing strategies, suitable in the healthcare context:
Each kind of Crowdsourcing can be adapted to different agency and/or social’s needs.