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  • Tuesday, November 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…

     

  • Wednesday, October 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: www.emoryhealthcare.org/ebolaprep

  • Saturday, September 6, 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.

  • Thursday, September 4, 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.

  • Monday, July 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.

  • Monday, July 7, 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.

  • Friday, February 21, 2014 - 20:54

    On February 20, 2014, OPENPediatrics program director Dr. Jeffrey Burns presented an overview and profile of the program to an audience of clinicians from a wide range of specialties at the Workshop on Fostering Improvement and Innovation of ABMS Member Boards' Program for Maintenance of Certification. His presentation about OPENPediatrics generated enough interest that the workshop coordinators requested his presentation be one of the highlighted talks of the workshop. During his presentation Dr. Burns highlighted the recent developments at OPENPediatrics, including the release of the cardiac multimedia library, and raised questions about the potential of technology and virtual communities to transform medical practice.

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 19:39

    The program directors of OPENPediatrics have been invited to present the project at numerous conferences worldwide. Below is a list of conferences at which OPENPediatrics was presented:

    International Presentations:

    2012
    Advances 2011: Quality Improvement in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
    Sao Paolo, Brazil

    Saudi Critical Care Society Conference, Plenary Address
    Dammam, Saudi Arabia

    Hanyang Cyber University, 10th Anniversary International Conference
    Seoul, Korea

    The Economist's Global Healthcare Summit
    London, UK

    2013
    Arab Health 2013
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Mexican National Pediatric Congress
    Nuevo Leon, Mexico

    2nd China-US (xiaoxiang) Symposium of Pediatrics
    Changsha, China

    European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC) Annual Meeting
    Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:34

    OPENPediatrics, an innovative web-based educational platform, is planning to launch new content and curricula in 2014.

    The application will continue to focus on critical care pediatric medicine, but will branch out this year to include new topics and specialties, and to incorporate more educational material from international experts.

    OPENPediatrics is using this web-based material to augment traditional medical education, by allowing clinicians to access relevant information for their training electronically and on their own time. The staff of OPENPediatrics recently learned of a physician in Israel who used knowledge gained from these training videos to help save a child’s life.

  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 23:05

    Thanks in part to the support of our beta users, who provided great interest in and feedback about OPENPediatrics, the program has made considerable progress since its launch in 2012, and particularly over the last year. As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to share with you the successes we have experienced over the past 12 months.