World Health Partners Wins Top Prize at IT @ Networking Awards

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World Health Partners wins the coveted first prize trophy at the IT @ Networking Awards 2011 competition held in Brussels, Belgium on January 19-20.

World Health Partners (http://www.worldhealthpartners.org) beat out fierce competition to win the coveted first prize trophy at the IT @ Networking Awards 2011 competition held in Brussels, Belgium on January 19-20. The prize also included € 5,000 cash, and media promotion in Europe’s leading healthcare management media worth € 50,000.

On the first day of the competition, the top 20 nominees presented a short introductory presentation in a MindByte session. Nine finalists were selected to progress onto the next day’s WorkBench, where presenters were able to demonstrate and discuss their solutions in greater detail and participate in a Q&A from the audience. The top three solutions were awarded prizes during the closing evening reception. The winners were selected from a unique peer-to-peer voting system that empowers daily users such as CEOs, CIOs, CMIOs, hospital and IT managers to vote for their preferred projects, as they are best placed to judge the real value of projects.

Prachi Shukla, General Manager from World Health Partners India, presented World Health Partners’ ‘Healthcare for the Rural Poor’ model and current projects in India which combine technology with village entrepreneurs acting as facilitators to connect rural communities with formally qualified urban doctors. Using remote medical diagnostics integrated with audio-video conferencing software, World Health Partners’ project in India enables patients from villages to access efficient and specialized healthcare in their areas.

About IT @ Networking
The IT @ Networking Awards 2011 (IT @ 2011) is an open competition for fully implemented, operable healthcare IT solutions. The core aim of IT @ 2011 is to learn from the mistakes and achievements of different top IT installations. The annual competition and event was organized by the European Association of Healthcare IT Managers (HITM), a non-profit organization with the largest representation body of CIOs and healthcare IT managers in Europe, and European Association of Hospital Mangers (EAHM), the non-profit umbrella association for 27 leading associations in 25 European countries representing over 16,000 active members. EAHM is the world’s largest and most influential body for hospital managers and chief executives in both the public and private sector.    

About World Health Partners (http://www.worldhealthpartners.org)
World Health Partners (WHP) is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on serving rural and other especially vulnerable communities. The organization provides health and reproductive health services in developing countries by harnessing local market forces to work for the poor. Leveraging existing social and economic infrastructure, the WHP model utilizes the latest advances in communication and diagnostic and medical technology to establish large scale, cost-effective health service networks.

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