ORTEC Named a Finalist in 2013 Business Action on Health Award for Logistics Optimization

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ORTEC Consulting Group announced today that it has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 GBC Health Business Action on Health Awards in recognition of its contribution to optimizing the logistical processes of North Star Alliance (North Star), a not-for-profit organization established in 2006 to build a network of roadside health clinics across Africa. In 2012, 218,762 people visited North Star clinics to receive counseling, testing, and treatment, all registered with a passport system developed by ORTEC.

This means the world to us and to North Star Alliance. With optimization techniques you can achieve more with less. In the field of humanitarian logistics this means simply saving more lives.

The GBC Health Business Action on Health Award recognizes companies that exemplify a spirit of innovation and help set the agenda for addressing today's most important global health challenges. ORTEC Consulting Group was selected as a finalist in the Technology for Health category alongside IBM, Merck, HP, and Anglo American Plc. The winner will be announced in New York during GBCHealth’s 2013 Conference, held May 15-17th.

“We are thrilled by this honor,” stated Lambert van der Bruggen, ORTEC Consulting Group CEO. “This means the world to us and to North Star Alliance. With optimization techniques you can achieve more with less. In the field of humanitarian logistics this means simply saving more lives, reaching more people with aid and healthcare and contributing to the welfare of communities.”

North Star works to establish a network of drop-in health clinics, called Roadside Wellness Centers along major transport corridors in low-income communities across Africa. The clinics offer healthcare to mobile populations who have no access to health services. ORTEC Consulting Group supports North Star on a pro bono basis with the development of a customized client health registration and passport system, called COMETS. COMETS is easy to use for staff without advanced computer skills and is resilient to operational challenges like power outages and breaks in connectivity.

In addition to COMETS, ORTEC Consulting Group launched a new system in 2011 called POLARIS, which combines information from a wide range of sources including COMETS data, traffic flows, commodity flows, and costs to improve North Star’s planning and decision-­‐making on the ground. The system helps to ensure that future and existing Roadside Wellness Centers are strategically placed, and that the mix of health and safety services is optimal. In 2012, 218,762 people visited North Star clinics to receive counselling, testing, treatment and essential health information. Each of these patients health information was stored, monitored, and evaluated using COMETS.

“ORTEC Consulting Group has made a crucial contribution, not only toward improving our capacity to deliver and monitor health at across our network of clinics, but toward a global capacity to monitor the health of some of Africa’s most hard-to-reach populations” says North Star Executive Director Luke Disney. “Their innovation and partnership is truly a core element of North Star’s success to date.”

About ORTEC Consulting Group
ORTEC Consulting Group specializes in operations research and optimization, using mathematical models to support a wide range of business decisions and analytical processes. ORTEC consultants – econometrists, mathematicians and even a few astronomers – optimize revenues and supply chains. We work in a wide range of industries, from oil and gas to retail and e-­‐commerce. ORTEC Consulting Group is a subsidiary of ORTEC, the world’s leading provider
of advanced planning and optimization software solutions and consulting services. ORTEC has over 1,650 customers worldwide, over 650 employees and offices in Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific Region. For more information, visit ORTEC Consulting Group at http://www.ortec-consulting.com or ORTEC at http://www.ortec.com.

About North Star Alliance
North Star Alliance (North Star) is a not-for-profit public-private partnership that works at the crossroads of health and mobility. Our mission is to provide sustainable access to quality health and safety services to mobile workers and related communities. We harness the energies of more than 70 public, private and social partners to stop the spread of disease by establishing a network of strategically located clinics, called Roadside Wellness Centres, across Africa. Visit North Star Alliance online at: http://www.northstar-alliance.org

About GBC Health Action Awards
GBC Health serves as a hub for private sector engagement on the world's most pressing global health issues. To find out more about our nomination, please visit: http://conference13.gbchealth.org/awards/2013-finalists.php#techhealth. Visit GBCHealth Online: http://www.gbchealth.org/

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