Computerworld Honors 2013: Tech projects that are changing the world

These organizations are using technology to solve some of society's most pressing and complex issues.

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Organization Project Name Project Achievements  
Grameen Foundation Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH)

Ghana-based initiative works to develop protocols for using mobile phones and interrelated mobile applications to increase the quantity and quality of prenatal and neonatal care in rural Ghana

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21st Century Award winner
Microsoft Research Uncovering New Ways the Human Immune System Fights HIV Thousands of computers analyze vast amounts of HIV research data; combined Microsoft Research hardware and software can complete in hours analysis that would take years to do using a single computer, speeding the fight against HIV Finalist
Colleagues In Care Global Health Network Colleagues In Care Network connects volunteer medical professionals with healthcare providers primarily in Haiti to enable them to share information and create quality, evidence-based standards of care adapted to the realities in Haiti and other poor regions Finalist
Hewlett-Packard Co. eHealth Center (eHC) -- Rapidly Deployable and Fully Integrated Cloud-Enabled Health Center Program creates easily deployable healthcare services to serve rural and remote areas in India and around the world; transportable container converted into health center is equipped with power generators and built-in connectivity to power diagnostic equipment and a videoconferencing solution Finalist
GlobalMed Transportable Exam Station Mobile health delivery system enables clinicians to use audio, video and integrated software from remote locations while communicating with the Veterans Health Administration's electronic health system, allowing access to the best care while minimizing required travel Finalist
BioGrid Australia National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Web-based federated platform that identifies and integrates data collected at multiple institutions for research enables the analysis of bowel cancer patients, showing that early diagnosis significantly improves survival and reduces treatment costs
Carestream Health Carestream MyVue Patient Portal Portal allows patients to securely access their MRIs, PET scans and other medical images from tablets or computers, giving them the ability to share images with other healthcare providers without the time and cost of physically copying images
Certify Data Systems Certify's HealthLogix Platform, Enhanced with Holistic Clinical- View Functionality, Enables Collaborative Patient Care Health Information Exchange platform enables aggregated view of patients' total healthcare encounters across provider communities, regardless of differences in electronic health record systems, eliminating reviews of multiple pages of information and enabling more coordinated care
Christiana Care Health System eSignout: The Clinician Hand-Off Tool Software captures patient information, care plans and progress notes in consistent, detailed and useful formats, providing continuity of care when clinicians pass patients onto other clinicians for care; reduces errors due to miscommunication
Cisco Systems LifeConnections Onsite medical services leverage Cisco's technologies for collaboration, data management, video, mobility, ubiquitous connectivity and security; provides employees and their families a medical experience that focuses on healthcare, not administrative details, and that ties all services together
CURE International Hydro DB Initiative supports operational oversight of worldwide network of surgeons treating and researching hydrocephalus; uses Google platforms to address variable Internet access in developing world and WordPress as a secure platform to store and track patient data
Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board Inc. Redefining Health Care Through Network Modernization Medical center upgrades IT infrastructure to include wireless, VoIP, video capabilities and higher encryption standards to support the next generation of services, including telemedicine and online access to electronic health records
HCA Information Technology and Services Clinical Quality Improvement Research Database: Reduce MRSA Built to house data from trials studying strategies to prevent bacterial infection, this database makes clinical, financial, supply and admission/discharge information available for analysis and continues to serve as a premier repository for clinical research
Independent Living Systems eCare Central System uses medical claim, pharmacy and lab data to classify individuals according to health risks, giving individuals with high composite risk scores priority for direct outreach; system also uses survey data to help generate recommended care plans for individuals
MarkLogic IQ Solutions/SAMHSA Public Engagement Platform (PEP) MarkLogic and IQ Solutions build new XML content repository for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration so that all data can be stored, searched for and shared, allowing SAMHSA to efficiently use and distribute content
Medical University of South Carolina Palmetto State Providers Network Broadband network carries telehealth, telemedicine, simulated caregiver training, remote ICU monitoring, psychiatric consults, medical education and other needed information to rural healthcare providers at lower costs and with more reliability than previously possible
Mellanox Technologies Department of Veterans Affairs 40 Gbps InfiniBand Department of Veterans Affairs reduces latency and increases performance of storage subsystem in its data center through Mellanox 40 Gbps InfiniBand solution and Microsoft SMB (Server Message Block), making data more accessible and available for analysis across different applications
Miami Children's Hospital Miami Children's Hospital Telehealth Platform Telehealth infrastructure helps doctors access crucial patient and medical information more quickly wherever they are, diagnose and prescribe treatment for remote patients, as well as consult and share best practices remotely with fellow practitioners
Moffitt Cancer Center Telemedicine/Telepresence Technologies Ease the Patients' Experience and Increase Physician Productivity Expansion of videoconferencing services into telemedicine applications that include interpreting services and remote patient consults and exams provides increased level of care to patients; platform saves time and money, reduces patient stress and increases patient compliance with medical instructions
National Government Services Inc. World Trade Center (WTC) Act Project provides comprehensive portfolio of innovative financial services in accordance with James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (WTC Act), helping to ensure continuous service levels for those medically impacted by 9/11
NuVasive Inc. Streamlining Spinal Surgery Field Administration With deployment of mobile solution built on SAP Mobile Platform with security by SAP Afaria, company streamlines order process and reduces errors, speeding the timeline for healthcare customers to receive surgical products needed for patients with spinal maladies
PPD PPD PatientView Portal connects patients enrolled in clinical trials to their health information and offers tools to schedule appointments, fill prescriptions and stay connected with professionals running and monitoring their trials; as a result, portal helps retain trial participants
Practice Fusion Practice Fusion Electronic Health Record Free, Web-based EHR system is used by more than 150,000 professionals in mostly small primary care practices serving 52 million patients; this ad-supported model provides medical charting, e-prescribing, lab integrations and other services to support efficient care delivery
Ptolemy Data Systems (PDS) Telemedicine in Wyoming PDS-led effort deploys telemedicine throughout Wyoming by building out fiber-optic lines, investing in videoconferencing platform, and ensuring public and private healthcare providers' systems are interoperable; efforts help eliminate distance barriers and improve access to medical services
SoloHealth Interactive Health and Wellness Kiosks SoloHealth Station, a self-service cloud-based platform, offers vision, blood pressure, weight and body mass index screening, as well as overall health assessments and access to a database of local doctors, all free of charge
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Office of Biomedical Informatics Scientific Laboratory Information Management and Patient- Care Research Information Management (Slim-Prim) Secure Web application enables researchers to securely gather, manage, maintain, report and share data; its user-driven development allows researchers to design and administer complex relational databases for their studies with little or no technical training
UpToDate & Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University (GHDonline) UpToDate & Global Health Initiative To support clinicians practicing in settings with limited resources, initiative provides donated subscriptions to peer-reviewed UpToDate content, ongoing development of clinical content specific to the needs of clinicians in these settings, continuing medical education and a community in which to share expertise and access resources

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