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Silver linings over Haiti CLOUD COMPUTING


Clouds of hope and help are at work improv-

ing healthcare delivery in Haiti, thanks to a joint effort between IBM and Colleagues In Care (CIC) Global Health Network.

CIC is using IBM cloud-based social analytics and collaboration services to provide healthcare volunteers with immediate access to vital information to address the healthcare needs of Haitian citizens. So far, the effort has brought together about 200 doctors, nurses and business professionals virtually from around the globe. The fi rst contact site for CIC is 120-bed St. Damien’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Using the IBM SmartCloud, CIC volunteers and those on the front lines taking care of both children and adult patients are armed with an online medical knowledge system that includes treatment op- tions, clinical pathways and best practices specifi c to the situation in Haiti, which was devastated by a magnitude 7 earthquake in 2010. For example, doctors in Port-au-Prince now have instant access to information. Previously, a healthcare worker typically had no access to a specialist to consult about a specifi c medical condition. Via the IBM Smart- Cloud, they can immediately determine how to best care for the patient directly in front of them, at the same time collaborating with colleagues to determine more population-based strategies of effective care. Medical workers can then develop, post and share their experiences, providing critical background to incoming medical workers. The volunteers are also participating in approximately 70 online communities on topics such as “mother and baby,” “hypertension,” “heart failure” and “eye care” to track initiatives from start to fi nish. The medical knowledge system has been so effective that CIC is looking to replicate it in other under-served regions and countries facing low and limited resources.


The 2012 American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) 48th Annual Conference & Exposition, Sept. 22- 25, Denver, will feature more than 150 exhibitors and plenty of opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing on state-of-the-art services in healthcare HR.


The 84th AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, Oct. 1-3, Chicago, will draw HIM professionals from all areas of health informatics and information management for an intense focus on HIM’s global transformation. Learn how to implement some of the most important changes in HIM history. Pre- convention workshops take place Sept. 29-30. NOVEMBER

The 3rd Annual Cloud Security Alliance Congress 2012, Nov. 7-8, Orlando, is the hot- ticket gathering for IT security professionals and executives looking to further educate themselves on the rapidly evolving subject of cloud security. Special focus will be put on standardization, transparency of controls, mobile computing and big data in the cloud.

RSNA 2012 – The 98th Scientifi c Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Nov. 25-30, Chicago, is the premier scientific and educational forum in radiology. Learn about the latest trends in radiologic research and attend cutting-edge technical exhibitions with 60,000 colleagues from around the world.

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