Crowd Power: A New Way to Solve Health Problems

Cleaveland Clinic LogoClaudio Fiocchi, MD, knows how much early detection matters for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. But he also knows today’s diagnostic tools generally detect the disease too late — after it has done extensive damage.

When Dr. Fiocchi sought a new answer, he turned to the crowd.

The idea: When trying to solve a problem, two heads are better than one. Two heads mean twice the brainpower, twice the ideas. So what happens when a hundred, a thousand or even a million heads work on your problem? Your chances of getting a solution rise.