Patient Privacy

Our approach to patient privacy is simple, we treat every patient how we would like to be treated.

Because we rely on our Medical Partners to submit patient information, we spend a lot of time working with them to ensure patients’ rights are protected in the following three categories:

Information

  • We believe Watsi patients should own their own information. Everything from the content they share on Watsi, to their photo, to the ability to remove their profile at any time is controlled by them.

Understanding

  • Because most Watsi patients aren’t computer literate, we rely on our Medical Partners to upload information on their behalf. We work with our Medical Partners to ensure that they explain Watsi to every patient in a way that makes sense given their local context. Additionally, every patient must sign a clear waiver in their local language affirming their understanding of the program before we accept their profile.

Choice

  • It is incredibly important to us that every patient decide for themselves whether or not they want to participate in the Watsi program. For patients who wish to remain anonymous, we offer alternative sources of funding via our Universal Fund. This ensures that no patient is ever forced to decide between receiving medical care and sharing their story with the world.

Like most things at Watsi, our privacy policies are a work in progress, and we will continue to update them based on feedback from our patients and Medical Partners. And as always, we’d love your input as well.

We’re looking for an awesome volunteer to join us in SF!

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We’re looking for a talented writer and tech-savvy operations person to join our team for a one-month, project-based volunteer role (with potential for extension into a longer-term position) in our San Francisco office.

You’ll jump straight into the heart and soul of Watsi: patient treatment and update stories. This will be a one-month intensive on processing a recent influx of patient profiles and updates, curating them, and sharing them with donors using our internal system.

This is a volunteer gig, but we’ll gladly provide a killer reference, shower you with great karma, and potentially extend your position (if you’re interested) for a job well done.

Interested?

Shoot an email to hello@watsi.org with:

  • A little about yourself
  • Your resume
  • Your five most relevant skills/pieces of experience

And we’ll get back to you ASAP.

We look forward to meeting you!

Meet Thomas!

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Thomas is Watsi’s second engineer. He’s worked at New Relic, Pivotal Labs and on Pivotal Tracker in the past, always as a hybrid engineer, designer, and product manager. Thomas is all about making things that work well by understanding people and where they come from. He attended Dartmouth College for two years, as well as the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway.

Follow Thomas on Twitter @neodude.

*No mallards were harmed in the making of this photo.

Watch Watsi on BBC news!

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We were featured on BBC news this week! Watch the video.

Friday5 participants chip in $5 each to fund Zablon’s medical care

Friday5 is a startup helping people skip to the best part of giving to charity - finding out what great stuff their money did!

Each week, Friday5 participants contribute $5 each to fund a great cause. This week, they’ve put together $1,000 to fully fund medical care for Zablon (above), a four-year-old boy from kenya who needs surgery to walk again.

Thanks for spreading the health, Friday5!

Sometimes we receive a patient update so amazing we can’t help but share.

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Pedro (featured above) lost his right arm in a fireworks accident when he was nine years old. Overnight, things like eating, getting dressed, and writing became a struggle.

A month after Watsi donors funded Pedro’s prosthetic arm, we received the above photo from the medical partners in Guatemala that provided his care, Wuqu’ Kawoq and Bump, showing Pedro’s mom admiring his new-found writing ability.

This update had our entire team crowded around a monitor smiling in awe of the Watsi community. Thank you for helping to rewrite the future for patients like Pedro.

EA donates proceeds of massive Humble Bundle to Watsi

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Humble Bundle (one of our favorite companies) lets people pay what they want for bundles of video games and divide their payment between game developers, charities, and Humble Bundle however they see fit.

Today, Humble Bundle is launching a massive bundle with EA Games, and they’ve chosen Watsi as one of the charity beneficiaries.

As if that weren’t cool enough, EA is forfeiting its portion of the proceeds and donating 100% of its profits to charity.

Love great video games and want to do some good for Watsi patients? Get in on the Humble Origin Bundle while it lasts and choose us as your charity beneficiary!

Listen to Watsi on NPR!

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Did you miss us on NPR? Listen to Chase interviewed on Here and Now.

Meet Netta!

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Netta leads design at Watsi. Before joining the team, she held roles at companies like Rdio, Square, Modcloth, and many moons ago, MySpace. She’s been making things for as long as she can remember, and today, is vehement about creating delightful user experiences. Netta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications and Marketing from Westwood College in Los Angeles, which she acquired a year earlier than planned.  

Follow Netta on Twitter @nettatheninja and check out her portfolio at nettamarshall.com.

Stories of three Watsi donors, filmed by Bokeh Pictures

Bokeh Pictures is a full-service film and video production studio founded by a team of creative professionals from Silicon Valley giants like Google and Apple.

They enthusiastically donated their time and expertise to produce a 100% pro-bono video about why donors use Watsi.

Bokeh’s wildly talented crew captured the stories of three Watsi donors - Nadia, Sam, and Ana - on film. Watch the video to find out why they Watsi.

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We are so grateful to Gather Restaurant in Berkeley for letting us take over their beautiful space (above), our friend and supporter Tabreez Verjee for graciously opening his office to us, and the Ghilardi Family for sharing their home (complete with coffee and grilled cheese sandwiches) with the Watsi and Bokeh teams.

Huge thanks also to Nadia Brunner-Velasquez, Sam Chaudhary, and Ana Maria Kelley for letting us film your stories, and to the dozens of our friends who came out to be extras in the video.

Watch the video and check out Bokeh Pictures if you’re in need of an epic film yourself!