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  • 02/27/2015 - 22:10

    The most creative solutions to common problems often come from the least expected sources. In one such example, clinicians in the medical field embraced the experience and knowledge of NASCAR teams to drastically improve patient care.

    Forbes recently published an article about NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports, and the role they have taken in sharing their model with orthopedic surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). The world of high-speed motor racing involves pit stops in which teams must come together in a high-risk, complex environment to solve an issue as quickly as possible. They do so by using an extremely well-tested and efficient team-based model.

  • 01/10/2015 - 02:30

    OPENPediatrics recently published six new videos to our clinician community site. In the first video, "Development of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus," Michael Agus, MD, Director of the Medicine Critical Care Program at Boston Children's Hospital, provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the development of Type 1 Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM).  Dr. Agus explains the pathophysiology as well as the typical patient presentation, from development of insulin resistance to ketoacidosis.

  • 11/11/2014 - 01:25

    Gradian Health Systems has come up with a solution to the problem faced by conventional anesthesia machines in developing countries with unreliable electricity. They have designed a “Universal Anesthesia Machine (UAM),” which continues to run even if the hospital loses power. This critical innovation allows surgeries to continue with lower risk to the patient in low-resource settings with inconsistent electricity.

    As reported in “Fast Company Magazine”:


    “Since opening for business three years ago, Gradian has delivered 95 machines to 17 countries, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa. It sells the UAM for $16,400—which is what it costs to make and ship—and then provides free training and maintanence…


  • 10/29/2014 - 01:26

    Please see below for the press release from Emory Healthcare about the release of their Ebola website designed to openly share procedures and protocols developed for detecting and treating Ebola.

    October 20, 2014


    ATLANTA-Emory Healthcare has launched an external website that will serve as a resource for health care organizations regarding best practices for safe and effective screening, diagnosis and treatment for patients with Ebola virus disease.

    The new website, with the ability to freely download information, is publicly available at:

  • 09/06/2014 - 00:15

    As part of their educational efforts, the Society of Critical Care Medicine publishes a series of medical podcasts called "iCritical Care," which are rated among the top 20 medical podcasts on iTunes. iCritical Care recently published a podcast interview conducted with OPENPediatrics Associate Program Director Dr. Traci Wolbrink.

    The host of the podcast, Dr. Margaret Parker, spoke with Dr. Wolbrink about her article "The Development of an Internet-based Knowledge Exchange Platform for Pediatric Critical Care Clinicians Worldwide," which was published in the journal Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in March. Drs. Parker and Wolbrink discuss the intensive processes involved in the development of the OPENPediatrics program.

  • 09/04/2014 - 21:49

    This week MedTech Boston, a news source dedicated to sharing stories about innovations in medicine, published an article highlighting the recent success and future potential of the OPENPediatrics program.

    The article discusses Dr. Burns' inspiration for starting this program, and his desires to use OPENPediatrics to break down silos in medical education. OP strives to provide access to quality medical education to clinicians working in all resource settings, allowing these clinicians to learn even outside the walls of elite medical institutions.

  • 07/21/2014 - 21:17

    On July 21, 2014 Sean Hogan, VP of Healthcare at IBM, wrote an article in Forbes on behalf of IBM Smarter Planet about the steps OPENPediatrics is taking to address chronic worldwide disparities in healthcare. Hogan's own son was born with a nuerologic disorder that required surgery, but he was lucky because of his access to skilled specialists at Boston Children's Hospital. Hogan realized that not all children have access to such skilled care, in part because physicians in other parts of the globe do not have access to the level of advanced medical education and knowledge available in the United States. It is because of this realization that Hogan truly appreciates the value of OPENPediatrics.

  • 07/07/2014 - 22:05

    Health on the Net Foundation (HON) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that supports the appropriate use of useful and reliable online health information. HON has worked for the past 15 years to hold sites that provide human health information to a set of ethical standards. They are accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. OPENPediatrics received the Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONcode) for medical and health web sites. The receipt of this certification was based on a thorough review by the HONcode team, who evaluated the OPENPediatrics site based on a set of guidelines related to the reliability of the health information we provide. More than 7,300 websites already adhere to the HONcode principles, and OPENPediatrics is pleased to earn certification from the site.

  • 04/01/2014 - 00:00

    In the March 27, 2014 issue of US News & World Reports, Ronan Rooney, Director of Product Strategy and Social Program Management at IBM, wrote an Op-Ed titled "Raising the Bar for Elderly Care at Home." This article outlines the need for increased use of technological platforms to provide care for the ever-increasing elderly population in the United States.

    Rooney, in a search for parallels in other industries, highlights OPENPediatrics as an example of a digital platform being used to improve the quality of health care available to all. Read the full article to understand the connections Rooney draws between OPENPediatrics and the need for similar initiatives in other areas of healthcare.

  • 03/27/2014 - 23:35

    In January, Boston Globe Columnist Scott Kirsner, reported on the recent collaboration between the Rehma Fund and OPENPediatrics. His story, which appeared in the “Innovation Economy” section of the paper, detailed the founding of the Rehma Fund, in memory of Rema Sabir. The Fund decided to use money raised to support the development of a Non-Accidental Trauma curriculum through OPENPediatrics, which will help train clinicians around the world on how to identify and manage pediatric cases of non-accidental trauma.