This 27-Year Old Black Health Entrepreneur Raised $7.2 Million in Just 3 Days

Meet Founder and CEO of Patientory Digital Health Chrissa McFarlane. Born in Jamaica, her parents immigrated to Atlanta when she was 3 years old where her parents started a restaurant business. According to her, “I knew I always wanted to help people and I excelled in the sciences and mathematics so I knew I always wanted to be a doctor.”

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McFarlane is responsible for creating cutting-edge healthcare products that have transformed the face of healthcare delivery in the U.S. and abroad. The Atlanta native developed a chronic care and population health management solution that helps patients receive peer-to-peer and coordinated goal-directed care, while assisting healthcare organizations with the transition from volume to value based care.

McFarlane received a Bachelor of Arts degree (double major in Africana Studies/Spanish and double minor in Latin American Studies/Global Health) from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts in Business Management with a concentration in marketing research and healthcare from the Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Business.

Crowdfunding is real

Chrissa was able to raise that much funding in just about 3 days by launching an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that drew 1,728 investors. She saw a real need for an application that would store private medical data in a secure area where it could not be hacked. Not only that, but the app can also store a patient’s entire health history and determine who can have access to it.

Exactly what the healthcare industry needs

Chrissa explains that the app uses what is called blockchain technology where patient information is coordinated through a Blockchain health information exchange. Patientory encrypts medical patient information in hospitals and insurance companies so that the data is distributed in an un-hackable environment.

Chrissa’s new company offers a unique solution to connecting digital medical records without compromising privacy, which is one of the biggest issues in healthcare today. According to Huffington Post, Patientory is one of the leading exponents of blockchain in healthcare.

What exactly is a Blockchain startup?

Blockchain start-ups and projects raise capital by creating their own tokens or digital currencies, and selling them to the public through ICOs. Other projects like Aragon, a management tool that creates software to manage companies, raised $25 million in less than 15 minutes.

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Charissa is such an inspiration to young black girls who are interested in med tech.