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Building off a platform of reports, databases, blogs and crowdsourcing, Jeanne Pinder and ClearHealthCosts have a mission to be the best online source of health care pricing. After launching a beta site CHC began reaching out to those that really care about the costs of health care: the 20- and 30-something women who are the chief health and wellness officers of their families.
ClearHealthCosts Founder Jeanne Pinder reports that her Knight Foundation prototype project, partnering with KQED in San Francisco and KPCC public radio in Los Angeles has been "a smashing success."
The launch pages on both radio stations prompted hundreds of shares of prices for medical procedures and thousands of people searched the databases.
A Journal of American Medicine editorial endorsed the idea of price transparency. The editorial called us "bold" and a supplier of "essential information," and called for more of the same, Pinder said.
NPR's Shots blog also featured the project in a post.
J-Lab, American University's SOC and MAME programs, The National Press Club sponsored the New Media Women Entrepreneurs: Making New Ideas Happen summit. The summit featured 11 talks on how to make a start-up work. Watch the other talks on Vimeo.
Jeanne Pinder told us what she has learned from ClearHealthCosts and other experiences about how media start ups can make money.
ClearHealthCosts.com founder Jeanne Pinder is partnering with WNYC to map both the costs of birth-control pills and mammograms with crowdsourced information in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Check out the maps here: http://wny.cc/104wlrB.
She talked about the new initiative on the May 3 Brian Lehrer Show. The cash or self-pay prices for birth control pills at various pharmacies in the New York region can vary widely, she says in her blog. Costs for one pill, Tri-Sprintec 28, ranged from $9 to $63; another, Yaz-28, ranged from $68 to $112, she reports.
We just participated in Women's Demo Night, sponsored by New York Tech Meetup and Change The Ratio. You can read all about our well-received pitch here!
That experience caused us to go live with a not-quite-finished product at clearhealthcosts.com, but the splash we made was exciting enough to the audience that we got a pitch spot scheduled for Sept. 11.
It's the best startup publicity you can get in New York. Here we are on their front page: http://nytm.org/
We're also in the process of branching out! We've got an easy cookbook for expanding to other cities, and we're looking for partners! We have partnerships in the making in various cities (Boston, maybe Washington, NYC, a southern state I can't name right now), and a lot of interest from other quarters. An NYC venture firm reached out to us, and while I don't think we will be their cup of tea -- too early! too embryonic! -- it's nice to be invited to meetings.
Now that we've made a tool that is ready for partnerships, we're currently looking for anyone who might be a good partner for things like consulting, eyeballs, revenue, and data collection. Any recommendations people have would be great! Introductions welcome!
Web site design is really complicated. This is both obvious and not so obvious.
When I launched ClearHealthCosts, I had no experience in building Web sites or hiring developers. It's called on-the-job training.
Right out of the box, I got a bid of $20,000 to build the site. I didn't take it -- that would have eaten up the entire first grant that we won, and I would have been dead in the water.
I have a friend who did pay $20,000 for a web site, and he's happy with it. (He works at a completely grant-funded nonprofit.)
What did I do? Hemmed and hawed, researched, thought, thought some more, and did a bunch of reporting. I'm a journalist after all. Then I decided to design it myself. How hard can it be? I've used the Web, I should be able to design for it.
Building it was another story: should it be on Drupal, Joomla, WordPress?
Sometimes in this world it seems like every step is a mistake. How many times has someone looked at you, a startup entrepreneur, shaking his head and saying "But you have to build it on Drupal." Or "Don't use green. Green never works." Or "Your business model won't work." All with the sense of complete certainty.