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| M I D D L E E A S T H E A L T H
Healthcare for Children
beta-tested this year in 20 countries to
help bring together medical professionals
from around the world, and will give
doctors and nurses on five continents the
next best thing to hands-on training.
The web-based application, which uses
advanced social networking, analytics,
video and simulation technologies, helps
teach providers about medical advances.
Customizable to an individual’s learning
style, the system is designed to promote
sharing of knowledge about the care of ill
children, so that doctors and nurses
anywhere across the globe can have access
to colleagues and vital information when
they need it. The goal is to provide useful
medical education about general princi-
ples and optimal practice in the diagnosis
and care of sick children.
The platform is academically rigorous and
peer-reviewed, open-source and not-for-
profit. It leverages and scales the accrued
wisdom of international partners in a global
effort to improve the care provided to ill
Our standards regarding quality
information and how we use it to
care for children have escalated.
New innovations in the research,
treatment and the delivery of
health-related services and infor-
mation in North America now
extend beyond traditional walls,
bringing health care and wellness into
the everyday experience of patients and
their families. These innovations in
sharing knowledge can help physicians
work, learn and deliver care that is
more efficient, cost-effective and,
most importantly, of higher quality.
Pediatric physician
education on demand
Trained pediatric personnel, espe-
cially those skilled in specialties like respira-
tory and cardiac care, are in short supply in
resource-poor countries. Only 2 percent of
worldwide medical expenditures are for
education, with striking inequities between
countries. According to a 2010 report, 36
countries don’t have a single medical school.
Medical training missions can enhance local
skill sets, but they can’t address learning
needs that crop up in between visits.
To address these problems, a cloud-
based pediatric learning module is being
By
Andrea Mooney,
Senior Writer, Boston
Children’s Hospital
Better
connections,
better care