Every year, nearly 7 million children under age 5 die from preventable causes. The medical knowledge to treat these children exists, yet the delivery of effective care is impeded by the global shortage of 4 million medical workers (1.5 million in Africa alone). While the traditional approach to medical education has brought world-class care to many patients, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) recognized a need to extend medical knowledge beyond the walls of medical institutions and schools.
Partnering with IBM, BCH has pioneered the world’s first cloud-based social learning platform — OPENPediatrics — which aims to connect physicians and nurses from all resource settings across the world around the sharing of best practices in the care of critically ill children. The platform, which includes IBM’s social networking, cloud, data analytics, video, and simulation technologies, will be made available at no cost to any interested clinicians around the globe. Today, over 1000 doctors and nurses are testing OPENPediatrics in 74 countries (343 hospitals) around the globe.
To Learn More:
- IBM and Boston Children’s Hospital Team to Improve Care of Critically Ill Children Across the Globe (IBM, Sept 2013)
- OPENPediatrics Website
- Videographic (Vimeo) – OPENPediatrics
- Infographic (Flickr)
- Also learn more about IBM Smarter Healthcare at www.ibm.com/smarterhealthcare and join the conversation at @IBMHealthcare on Twitter.
– Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager The Greater IBM Connection