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Connecting a world of opportunity - ‘1Mx15’ Health Programme to enable technology accessibility ...

Sep 26, 2011 2:30:10 PM - www.ft.lk

‘1Mx15’ Health Programme to enable technology accessibility to one million healthcare workers in developing countries by 2015

Intel announced the 1Mx15 Health Programme, which will bring ICT training to one million healthcare workers in developing countries by the end of 2015. The programme will enable healthcare workers with technology, education tools and 21st century ICT skills to help accelerate progress toward better health primarily for women and children.

In collaboration with governments, private industry, development communities and academia the programme will establish various country initiatives to increase the availability, affordability and usage of computers and broadband.
As part of this programme, Intel created The Intel Skoool Healthcare Education Platform that provides an anytime anywhere multi-media content delivery and assessment platform. The platform is designed to help the need for health education and capacity building of the healthcare workforce in developing countries. It will have an open access license with no charge.
“Intel Sri Lanka is absolutely committed to the vision of seeing the nation and its citizens benefit from technology in every aspect of their lives. This programme would allow us to impact thousands of Sri Lankans in a positive way, improving the quality of their health care through the use of technology,” said Indika de Zoysa, Intel Country Business Manager EM Ltd.  
“Furthermore, this project will help streamline and update certain information storage and data entry procedures in the current healthcare system and will be the pioneer project which will lay the foundation for other projects all over the world.”
Sri Lanka will be the first country to deploy the Intel Skoool Healthcare Education Platform designed for the educational needs of healthcare workers and students in their country. “Sri Lanka has taken some unique steps that other countries could emulate,” said the Government. “Some of these projects have already commenced at grassroots level through collaborations with industry partners such as Intel.”
Intel Vice President of the World Ahead Programme John Davies said, “We are very excited to support the UN Nation’s Every Woman, Every Child Initiative and believe that our 1Mx15 Health Program and the Intel Skoool Healthcare Education Platform will help governments address the training needs of their healthcare workforce.  We believe a well-trained healthcare workforce will enable better access to quality healthcare for women and children.”

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