Health eVillages and Oakstone Launch Medical Education Initiative for Clinicians in Need
Program to provide medical education via smartphone and tablet devices to healthcare professionals in underserved countries and locations
Marlborough, MA (October 16, 2012) –Today, Health eVillages announced a new educational initiative that will deliver audio and video medical education to clinicians practicing medicine in remote and underserved areas around the world. Launched in partnership with Oakstone Publishing, LLC, one of the foremost providers of non-biased multimedia continuing education materials for physicians, the program will deliver Oakstone’s CMEinfo® video learning tools to clinicians via Health eVillages’ tablets and will serve as another continuing education tool for medical professionals to keep up with the latest clinical procedures to better serve their patients. The tablets with CMEinfo® educational activities will include lectures from high-profile medical professionals, institutional and academic partners of CMEinfo®, and detailed medical knowledge from over 40 different medical specialties.
“Continuing medical education is critical to the practice of medicine, and Health eVillages understands the inherent challenge involved in staying current on evidence-based research and medical advancements – especially in developing regions worldwide,” said Donato Tramuto, founder of Health eVillages and CEO and Vice Chairman of Physicians Interactive. “Using Oakstone’s CMEinfo® digital audio and video content will help medical professionals build on their medical skills and knowledge to deliver better patient care.”
This new initiative will be introduced in one of Health eVillages’ largest pilot locations, the Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, a teaching institution that treats over 10,000 patients each month who travel to the facility from all across East Africa. Kijabe Hospital regularly conducts training sessions for its medical staff of 100, providing a venue to build on medical knowledge for its various in- and outpatient services ranging from general and orthopedic surgery to neonatal and HIV care.
“Oakstone is thrilled to collaborate with Health eVillages on this initiative,” said Diane Munson, President and CEO of Oakstone. “Like Health eVillages, our mission is to improve healthcare, and we believe our multimedia programs and the academic excellence of our institutional partners are ideally suited to meet the needs of medical students and healthcare providers working in areas with less than ideal resources.”
Health eVillages, founded in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Physicians Interactive in September 2011, provides handheld devices, such as iPod Touches® or iPads®, to healthcare professionals in developing countries around the world. The devices are loaded with relevant specialized medical reference content and clinical decision support tools powered by Skyscape. Health eVillages also provides the training and support for clinicians in these areas so they can provide higher quality care to their patients with the devices.
For more information about Health eVillages, please visit www.HealtheVillages.org.
About Health eVillages
Health eVillages, a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, provides state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. The Health eVillages Advisory Board is comprised of an all-star consortium of health information technology leaders, human rights and international development experts, healthcare providers, and health policy thought leaders. With the Board’s guidance and the support of in-kind contributions, corporate sponsorship and major donors, Health eVillages’ mission is to empower medical professionals with mobile health tools and training that help improve the quality of care in some of the poorest, most underserved areas on the globe. For more information about Health eVillages, please visit http://www.healthevillages.org/.
About Oakstone Publishing, LLC
Oakstone Publishing, LLC, excels at providing non-biased continuing education and certification materials for physicians and dentists, as well as effective and award-winning wellness resources for organizations interested in encouraging healthy lifestyle choices among their employees. Oakstone has recently been awarded Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), which places them in the top 8% of medical education content providers in the country. For more information about Oakstone, please visit www.oakstonepublishing.com.
Oakstone Publishing, LLC is a portfolio company of BV Investment Partners, a leading private equity investor in the information and business services, communications and media sectors.