The Boston Globe Honors Health eVillages Founder as One of the Most Innovative People in Massachusetts
MARLBOROUGH, MA – May 21, 2012 – Physicians Interactive (PI), the leading provider of mobile and Web-based clinical resources and solutions for healthcare professionals, announced today that its founder, CEO & Vice Chairman, Donato Tramuto, was recognized as one of The Boston Globe’s 12 most innovative people in Massachusetts for 2012 for founding the nonprofit organization Health eVillages. This innovators list is part of The Boston Globe’s annual Globe 100 List, and selects the state’s 12 best innovators in every key industry whose efforts and organizations help to bolster the state’s economy.
On May 20th, The Boston Globe published its annual Globe 100 magazine issue, featuring the top 12 innovative people from Massachusetts-based businesses. Tramuto was included alongside 11 other Massachusett’s-based innovators, being recognized in the list’s nonprofits and philanthropies category for founding the nonprofit organization Health eVillages; which delivers critical healthcare information to providers in developing countries via mobile devices and iPads. Tramuto is being acknowledged by The Boston Globe alongside visionaries such as Dr. Ferenc Jolesz of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, pediatric ophthalmologist David Hunter of Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School physician Dr. Julie Silver.
The idea for Health eVillages stemmed from Tramuto’s more than three decades in healthcare, as a way to find an innovative mobile technology solution that addresses the need for quality and up-to-date medical resources in remote hospitals and clinics around the world. Health eVillages was founded in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Tramuto’s company Physicians Interactive, which also supplies the medical content being leveraged on the medical devices.
“To be included on the Boston Globe 100’s list of the most innovative people alongside such a diverse group of talented men and women is an honor and a privilege,” said Mr. Tramuto. “This program is very important to me because at Health eVillages, we believe in the power of technology to help make a difference, whether in the villages in Africa or impoverished areas in the U.S. It is our hope that this recognition will inspire others to join with us and get involved in the Health eVillages mission.”
Tramuto recognized that the mobile devices and iPads were only a piece to solving the healthcare needs in areas with a lack medical reference libraries, internet and infrastructure. To overcome these challenges, Health eVillages ensured all of the devices were packed with relevant clinical content powered by Skyscape, a division of PI, and could be used by clinicians without the Internet, providing Suntactics solar panels to clinics without electricity for charging the devices. These devices, which are preloaded with the latest medical and drug reference materials and diagnostic tools powered by mobile medical app Skyscape, allow clinicians to provide a higher quality of patient care at any location. Under Tramuto’s leadership, Health eVillages has launched six pilot projects since the program began in the fall of 2011; in Kijabe, Kenya; Lwala, Kenya; Uganda; China; Haiti and rural Louisiana.
Now entering its twenty-fourth year, The Globe 100 showcases the top business and pioneering individuals that do the most in the means of innovation within the state. Its newest feature, the Most Innovative People in Massachusetts, is now in its second year. This list honors the top three innovators in 10 categories including banking/finance/insurance, medicine, high technology, media and advertising, law and education, biotech and pharmaceutical, entertainment/retail/food/travel, nonprofits and philanthropies, and energy and manufacturing. Winners are selected by a panel of 70 judges, led by the Globe’s editorial team and are honored at the Globe 100 reception, which was held on May 17, 2012.
About Physicians Interactive
Physicians Interactive (PI) is the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions that help medical professionals, anytime, anywhere, provide better patient care. We use the full power of our worldwide network of Healthcare Professionals and Life Sciences Companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine, for the better. PI has developed a foundation of user-generated, proprietary and public data that powers a networked suite of transactional applications, including eSampling, interactive learning programs and mobile solutions. Physicians Interactive, a division of Skyscape.com, Inc., is owned by Perseus LLC, a merchant bank and private equity fund management company. For more information about PI, visit www.physiciansinteractive.com.
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