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Izzy Care - Healthcare Redesigned With You in Mind

A low cost monthly membership with no surprise fees. Unlimited access to your own personal doctor, therapist, and nutrition & wellness coach -- anytime, anywhere. Earn rewards for achieving your own personal health goals, helping you save even more on the cost of your care.

As seen in MedCity News, Becker’s Hospital Review, Thrive Global, Healthcare Weekly, and Yahoo! Finance.

Who are the Founders?

Kenneth Colón - CEO/Co-Founder. Honored by Becker's Hospital Review as one of 2018's "36 Up-and-Comers in Health IT & Revenue Cycle". Speaker at Converge2Xcelerate at Columbia University and the Global Blockchain Forum. Previously Founder @ Safetap, a design & development agency focused on digital health, working with clients such as Doxy.me, one of the top-rated telemedicine applications on the market.  Studied Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Notre Dame, where he launched an award-winning suicide prevention app; founded the undergraduate neuroscience organization; assisted in research in neurophysiology, traumatic brain injury and virtual reality. Interviewed and quoted in U.S. News & World Report (1, 2), Thrive Global, and Yahoo! Finance. CORe Program @ Harvard Business School. Interaction Design @ UCSD. Data scientist and machine learning engineer.

Joswell Valdez - CTO/Co-Founder. Previously Founder @ Sync.cr, one of the first social payments apps for crypto, featured in  the Wall Street Journal, AlleyWatch and BraveNewCoin. Founder @ PocketSpace, a development and marketing agency having launched apps like Ubair, an on-demand jet charter app featured in CNN, and raised $10M+ in token sales for clients; now focused on consulting on digital asset investment strategies for companies and high net-worth individuals. Seasoned mobile and blockchain developer, digital marketer, cryptocurrency trader. Studied at the City University of New York. Earned his certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies from Stanford University.

Can you describe your product/service?

The easiest way to describe the project is to describe the patient experience.  When you sign up, you are matched to three hand-picked clinicians who make up your personal care team - a family medicine physician, a psychotherapist, and a nutrition & wellness coach.  

You can have unlimited consultations with them via encrypted messaging and live video, all for a flat $99/month, limited time introductory pricing. [Full price is $199/month; yearly pricing is $999, and $1999, respectively, and includes a free Fitbit device. Compare this to the experience in places like NYC, where you could pay over $200 out-of-pocket for a single 45-minute session with a therapist]. Adult memberships include free consultations for children 12 & under. Teens (13-17) can sign up for discounted memberships with an existing Adult membership.

Our AI bot assistant, Izzy, helps out your care team by reminding you of video sessions you've scheduled, administering assessments like a PHQ-9 to evaluate your mental health, and providing personalized recommendations to improve your overall health and wellness.  

If you signed up with us for the year, you'll have received a free Fitbit device with your subscription.  You can connect your Fitbit (or Apple Watch), smart scale, or health & fitness applications on your phone to your account.  You can set goals for yourself - like hitting your 10,000 steps for the day - and opt-in to earn IZZY tokens (ERC-20 standard) for meeting those goals.  You can then redeem those tokens for discounts on your membership, trade them on exchanges for other digital assets, or donate them to support select non-profit initiatives. This type of tokenized rewards system incentivizes healthy behaviors and allows patients to benefit financially from the savings they create for healthcare providers through these healthy behaviors.

A percentage of all IZZY tokens are reserved for Izzy Cares, a program that subsidizes the cost of the Izzy Care membership on a sliding scale for those who fall below a certain annual income threshold.

How does this model work?

Izzy Care's model is built around two major themes: (1) reinventing care delivery to put patients at the center and provide better support for clinicians, and (2) combining innovative technologies to improve the experience and reduce cost.

Izzy Care's reinvention of care delivery builds upon two key models: What's known as "Direct Primary Care" and what's known as "Collaborative Care".

A Direct Primary Care Model forgoes third-party insurance by establishing an unimpeded financial relationship between the physician and patient. Think of it as a primary care subscription you pay for unlimited access to your primary care doctor, instead of paying co-pays or making payments toward your deductible for routine check-ups or other general medical needs.  Benefits include: reduced out-of-pocket costs; increased access to and more time spent with your doctor; better outcomes for you; and reduced stress, better quality of life, and even better pay for your doctor.

A Collaborative Care Model integrates behavioral health into more typical "medical" settings. Think of this as a psychotherapist, and perhaps even a nutritionist, being a part of the same team as your primary care doctor -- each focusing on a different part of your overall health, yet working together to provide you with the best care possible. Benefits include: again, reduced out-of-pocket costs and better outcomes; earlier identification and better management of chronic conditions (diabetes, depression, etc.)

Our membership combines and builds on these two models to produce a unique healthcare delivery system, which we supplement and enhance with innovative technologies like our intelligent assistant, Izzy, to support both you and your care team; blockchain technology and tokenized rewards to incentivize healthy behaviors and allow patients to benefit financially from the cost reduction these healthy behaviors produce; and a custom-built electronic medical record to enable your care team to focus on what's best for your care, not on maximizing the amount of tests and procedures a health system can bill for.

What's your current status? Who can sign up?

We launched sign-ups across all 50 U.S. states back in May at HLTH: The Future of Healthcare Conference in Las Vegas. You can sign up today via our website. Once we have your personal care team in place, we'll send you an invitation where you can complete the registration process, join the web app, and start connecting with your team.

Mobile clients (iOS, Android) & website/sign-up revamp are launching in the coming weeks.

International Users: contact us to see about connecting with a care team in your country - we have a network of clinicians based in Africa and Latin America [Email Kenneth at k@izzycare.org]. We are currently working on streamlining this process a bit more to enable sign-up right through the website. International subscription prices are determined in part using the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) co-efficient for each respective country.  Using PPP helps us ensure affordability of the membership, while also ensuring doctors and other clinicians can be properly compensated for their work.

What's next for Izzy?

Increases in Coverage - Introducing the Izzy Care Insurance Plan

We are excited to introduce an insurance plan that builds on top of our Core Membership. One flat annual fee for individuals (with family pricing available), with no out-of-pocket expenses.  Expect to save over 50% of the average $12,000+ individual Americans spend on their healthcare.

This insurance plan includes the Core Membership at no extra cost (unlimited collaborative care team access), PLUS full coverage for specialist care, medications, hospitalizations, etc. with NO deductibles, copays, or co-insurance, and perhaps most important, no network limiting who you can see for these third-party services. Just the flat annual fee is all you'll ever pay.

Each member in the Insurance Plan is assigned an additional care team member, a Care Coordinator who can make care recommendations and aid members in arranging any necessary third-party services like specialist care, testing, etc.  Whole genome sequencing will be offered to aid in the delivery of preventive, personalized care. We are also establishing partnerships to provide our members access to, and delivery of, nutritious, affordable groceries -- this will greatly aid our members and their nutrition & wellness coaches, who can help members craft a personalized diet plan to reach a certain goal or better manage a certain chronic condition.

Why?

Aside from being able to both radically reduce cost and provide a radically better experience, this Insurance Plan allows us to further capture the value our Core Membership model creates, and allows members to share in that value creation through the tokenized wellness rewards.

We realize our members don’t want to continue paying both insurance premiums/deductibles and membership costs if they don't have to, and are seeking cheaper, better options for their health insurance. Furthermore, we know that our members prefer a flat, predictable fee with an open network vs. monthly insurance premiums, plus a huge deductible, with a limited network that restricts your freedom of choosing your providers for third-party services.

Scaling and Improvements to the Technology

Earning IZZY tokens in exchange for sharing health data - This is a must-have for our members. Opt-in to securely share data with medical researchers on a case-by-case basis, with clear information on how your data will be used and for what purpose. You can also opt to share your data with Izzy Care in the same secure fashion to apply deep learning algorithms and glean both population-level health insights and guide precision medicine efforts.

Improvements to AI - developing and enhancing patient triaging functionality, preventive health functionality

dApp platform - Allowing for other decentralized applications to be built atop Izzy Care platform. Think of it as the first Healthcare App Store - giving entrepreneurs access to a wide number of users to scale and monetize their products/services.    

Voting and staking mechanisms - to be introduced to allow token holders, members and clinicians to guide the future of the platform. Eliminate top-down decision making by healthcare executives

Global support - regular addition of new languages. Streamlining international membership expansion, brining new clinicians onto the platform, with membership price and token rewards to the country's Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Co-efficient to ensure affordability of Core Membership globally.  Continue partnership discussions with governments towards goal of streamlining public health expenditure and providing access to the Izzy Care platform at no out-of-pocket cost to the consumer.

Can you describe your token? Supply? Token sale structure?

Token Purpose

To reward and incentivize healthy behaviors and patient progress towards their own personal goals.  To allow patients to share in the financial benefit they create for healthcare companies when engage in these healthy behaviors.

Check out the video explainer for the IZZY token on YouTube

Token Classification

The IZZY token is an ERC-20 standard utility token. Our team based in Wyoming - the first U.S. state to provide a legal framework for the classification of utility tokens. Our lead legal advisor is Richard Slater, a top cyrptocurrency and blockchain attorney and  founding member of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition.

Token Supply

600M IZZY tokens have been "pre-mined". This represents a finite supply, as no new IZZY tokens will be created.

-40% of IZZY Tokens, or 240M IZZY, are available in our Token Sale. 200M tokens will be sold, with 40M issued in bonuses.
-30% of IZZY Tokens, or 180M IZZY, are reserved for bounties. Bounties may be earned through our opt-in wellness rewards, or awarded for referring friends and family to sign up for the Izzy Care Membership
-20% of IZZY tokens, or 120M IZZY, are reserved for Izzy Cares, a program which, as mentioned previously, subsidizes Izzy Care memberships for low income individuals and families across the globe, who often struggle to keep up with rising healthcare costs.
-10% of IZZY tokens, or 60M IZZY, will be retained by Izzy Care to be distributed amongst team members, advisors, Izzy Care as a company, and as donations to support select non-profit initiatives.

Token Sale

The IZZY token is currently available for purchase in our pre-sale, offering a 35% bonus to contributors.

There are four phases of the full IZZY Token Sale, each with 50M IZZY tokens available for purchase:

(1) Pre-sale - 50M IZZY - 35% bonus [Current]
(2) Public sale Phase 1 - 50M IZZY - 25% bonus
(3) Public sale Phase 2 - 50M IZZY - 15% bonus
(4) Public sale Phase 3 - 50M IZZY - 5% bonus

Pricing: 1 ETH = 800 IZZY [1 ETH = $211.64 USD as of 7:00pm CST, Friday, September 14, 2018]
Total Soft-cap: 62.5k ETH; Total Hard-cap: 250k ETH

Sign-up for the whitelist at https://izzycare.org/token
[Note: the token sale site is temporarily restricted for U.S.-based users due to ambiguity in federal regulations.  We are working with our legal counsel to secure participation for U.S.-based non-accredited investors. In the meantime, accredited/institutional investors based in the U.S. can contact us for access. Email Kenneth at k@izzycare.org]

Use of Funds

Our general breakdown of the use of funding is as follows:

Operations - 15%
R&D - 15%
Marketing - 20%
Business Development - 20%
Reserves* - 30%

*U.S. State Law require companies seeking insurance licensure to have a minimum amount of funding in reserves, in order to pay the cost of third-party services for insurance plan members, such as specialist care, hospitalizations, procedures and testing, etc. In New York, where we plan to conduct the initial pilot of our insurance plan, the minimum amount of reserves required is $10M USD, hence this large amount of reserve funding.


How can I stay updated?

There are a few ways you can stay up-to-date on the latest with Izzy Care.

The first is joining us on Telegram!

We're also beginning a monthly YouTube livestream to talk updates on Izzy Care. RSVP on EventBrite for the first monthly livestream happening next week - Thursday, September 20th at 8pm CST.  Or bookmark the YouTube link for later.

Third, you can catch us at one of our Meetup groups! We currently have two groups in NYC, and one in Chicago, with more groups coming soon! Let us know if you'd like to organize a Meetup in your town/city!

http://meetu.ps/c/42rGw/GMtxm/a [NYC]
http://meetu.ps/c/3LRLM/GMtxm/a [NYC]
http://meetu.ps/c/43LFD/GMtxm/a [Chicago]

If you're on LinkedIn, add or follow me! I post pretty regularly over there.

And lastly, if you'll be in NYC towards the end of October, swing by the Converge2Xcelerate Conference on October 24 at Columbia University.  I'll be giving a talk on a recent academic paper I authored entitled "Building a Global, Patient-Centered, Decentralized Health System". The paper (and thus the talk) focuses on our model and how we think it will change the future of healthcare, and is currently awaiting publication in the peer-review journal Blockchain in Healthcare Today.  Would love to meet up and chat at the event!


I hope that you'll join us in building the future of patient-centered healthcare. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Thank you!

Best,

Kenneth
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September 15, 2018, 03:44:47 AM
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For some reason the Wall Street Journal link in my co-founder Joswell's bio keeps being removed as suspicious.

If you're curious to find it, it's a 2015 article titled "Brooklyn Startups Pitch Spacesuits, Bitcoin Apps" by Corinne Ramey. Just Google "sync.cr wall street journal" and it should be one of the first results
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Update!  Grin Grin Grin

Our manuscript on decentralization in healthcare has been published in the open-access, peer-review journal Blockchain in Healthcare Today!

Here's the link if you're interested: https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/article/view/30
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