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OPENPediatrics named as finalist for the 21st Annual MITX Awards

OPENPediatrics, a free and open access learning platform for pediatric clinicians worldwide, is pleased to announce that we have been named as one of the MITX award finalists in the Best Tech Innovations of the Year - Enterprise category for the creation of our new social learning site. The MITX Awards are held annually by the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, to celebrate the innovation and creativity thriving here in New England. Since 1996 the MITX Awards have grown to become the largest and most prestigious awards competition in the country showcasing the best creative and innovative accomplishments in the area. This year over 100 senior leaders from Boston businesses judged entries for the MITX award categories.

Through OPENPediatrics, clinicians can access academically rigorous and peer-reviewed content, including guided learning pathways, expert lectures and demonstrations, interactive device simulators, protocols and medical calculators. Clinicians can also form and join groups, share digital resources, and engage in online discussions of key aspects of pediatric care. OPENPediatrics even connects our community members through a free video chat service.

Our new social learning site, designed and built in collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Division of Clinical Informatics, offers support for browsing on mobile devices, improved library search function, and a more personalized user experience. The new OPENPediatrics site has been improved with a responsive design optimized for tablets and smartphones to support mobile browsing. Video streaming on the OPENPediatrics site is now bandwidth-sensitive and will automatically adjust the resolution to provide the best possible user experience in all bandwidth conditions. In the coming year, OPENPediatrics will supplement this capability with apps that support offline access to content. 

The OPENPediatrics library currently consists of nearly 400 videos on key aspects of pediatric care, medical calculators, procedure summary documents and an extensive collection of animations and illustrations that can be downloaded and used in the creation of new educational materials. Learners also have the option to take free courses through the OPENPediatrics site. These courses are open enrollment and self-paced, so the learner may begin and complete them at any time. OPENPediatrics also offers three online interactive simulators providing immersive online training in mechanical ventilation, peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis. The group's feature of OPENPediatrics offers users the option to join public or private groups that allow our community members to collaborate around topics of common interest. These groups include document sharing, threaded discussion forums, and video chats. 

OPENPediatrics will be recognized with the other finalists in the category of Best Tech Innovations of the Year - Enterprise at the 21st Annual MITX Awards Ceremony traditionally attended by hundreds of the region's top marketing, technology, and design professionals. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on May 25th at Royale Boston.