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Health eVillages Raises $50K for Mobile Support in "Healthcare Deserts"

September 9, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
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Health eVillages, a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and the Reading, Mass.-based vendor Physicians Interactive, recently raised nearly $50,000 in its growing effort to serve the world's "healthcare deserts.”

Health eVillages provides iPod, iPad and other handheld devices equipped with specialized reference and clinical decision support tools to improve primary and preventive healthcare in underserved areas around the world—areas known as "healthcare deserts."

Since its inception in 2011, Health eVillages has aimed to make a significant impact in improving access to critical, live-saving medical information for multiple programs in East Africa, the Caribbean, India, China and rural areas of Louisiana affected by the Gulf oil spill. Since its founding, Health eVillages has helped improve an estimated 50,000 patient interactions in healthcare deserts around the globe.

This is the program’s second annual "Apps Save Lives" golf tournament in New Jersey. It drew more than 40 participants, including industry leaders from several life science, healthcare, marketing and non-profit organizations.

Physicians Interactive loads Health eVillage's devices with up-to-date, specialized medical reference content—including videos and clinical decision support tools.  Clinicians trained on the tools in program locations access these invaluable resources to diagnose patients and decide on the best care options for their conditions based on the latest available knowledge in healthcare—all without needing Internet access.

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