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CHCF’s Investing Initiative

CHCF’s Investing Initiative

As Director of the Innovations for the Underserved Program for the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), Margaret Laws oversees the CHCF program-related mission investing initiative. For example, CHCF funded a demonstration project that used text messaging to keep...

Direct-to-consumer telemedicine: Has its time come?

Direct-to-consumer telemedicine: Has its time come?

It was 1999, and I was speaking at a prestigious academic center’s ‘Innovations in Dermatology’ symposium.  I presented work we had done on a web application that would allow a non-dermatologist (primary care doctor or other front-line provider) to upload images of a...

Health foundations adopt impact investing to drive change

Health foundations adopt impact investing to drive change

Health-care foundations in the Bay Area and elsewhere are increasingly turning to “impact investing” — plowing money into for-profit companies, seeking a financial as well as a social return. Oakland’s California HealthCare Foundation started with a $10 million fund...

Obamacare Gives Boost to Startups Focused on Health Care for Poor

Obamacare Gives Boost to Startups Focused on Health Care for Poor

Foundations are backing makers of products and services for the poor (Illustrations by 731) Bay Area dermatologist David Wong can’t forget a patient he met during a trip to California’s Central Valley in 2009: a farmworker with a bleeding lesion on his right forearm...

Margaret Laws on Mission Investing

Margaret Laws on Mission Investing

In her former role as director of the Innovations for the Underserved program for the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), Margaret Laws oversaw the organization’s program-related investing initiative.   Q: How did mission investing get started at your...

A Bright Future for Digital Health Startups in 2014

A Bright Future for Digital Health Startups in 2014

Other sectors of health care innovation may be falling behind digital health. Underwhelming numbers showing health care’s share of venture capital funds have many people painting a grim picture of the future of health care innovation. But while there are clear...

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