MONTEREY, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading technology companies AMD, Nokia and Sun Microsystems, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Partners In Health and the Government of Rwanda, have joined efforts in support of President William Jefferson Clinton's TED Prize wish of scaling up a sustainable, high quality rural healthcare system throughout Rwanda. Working together with the Government of Rwanda, the Clinton Foundation and Partners In Health, an organization dedicated to partnering with poor communities to combat disease and poverty, each company has contributed technologies and insights that executed collectively, will help to support a scaleable healthcare system in Rwanda. Among their individual contributions:
-- AMD, through the 50x15 Initiative, is helping define, architect, procure, deploy and maintain technology solutions in Rwanda. Working with Inveneo, a 50x15 ecosystem partner, AMD is defining the needs to effectively deliver a sustainable solution for the country. Within the first year, AMD intends to deliver complete technology solutions to the next target district identified by the partnership, with the mechanisms in place to rapidly scale to up to three additional districts. This contribution to the TED Prize extends the reach of the 50x15 Initiative into new communities and new applications towards the goal of enabling 50 percent of the world's population with affordable Internet access and computing capability by the year 2015.
-- Nokia has contributed groundbreaking software, called MobiSUS, developed in Brazil by a Nokia R&D Branch. MobiSUS allows health care professionals to develop surveys, load them on to a server and Nokia mobile devices, and to use the mobile handsets in remote areas to acquire detailed information about patients. The MobiSUS developers worked to make the software and the devices easy to teach and easy to learn, allowing native health care workers to maintain relationships with their patients while collecting data efficiently. MobiSUS will eliminate the need for paperwork as well as multiple steps of data entry. The data can be sent over wifi, GPRS, bluetooth, or USB cable directly from the phone to the database. The software serves as an empowering tool for health care workers, and as a sustainable system for the nation. Nokia plans to be directly involved with the initial implementation and training, as well as the adapting of the software to meet the specific needs of the Rwandan healthcare system. -- Sun Microsystems, in its third year of support of a TED Prize winner, is working to build the computer network infrastructure needed for the "Centers of Excellence." Serving as models and training centers, these "Centers of Excellence" will enable the expansion of the current Rwanda Rural Healthcare Project and electronic medical record system into the four Rwandan Provinces. Sun's ultimate goal is to create a reference site for the adoption of open source computer network technologies throughout the developing world. "The TED Prize is an award that leverages the power of collaboration," says Amy Novogratz, Director of the TED Prize. "Sun, Nokia and AMD have each made extraordinary contributions that will make a measurable impact on access to healthcare for millions. We are grateful for their support." About TED TED is an invitation-only event where the world's leading thinkers and doers gather for inspiration and insight. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design -- three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. In fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it "The ultimate brain spa" and "A four-day journey into the future." The audience -- CEOs, financiers, inventors, intellectuals -- is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Quincy Jones, Frank Gehry, Herbie Hancock and Bono. Each year, TED features 50 of the world's most fascinating people. TED presenters run the world's most admired companies and design its best-loved products; they invent world-changing devices, and write best-selling books. They are trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. Collectively, they have won every major prize awarded for excellence, including the Nobel, Pritzker, Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Macarthur "Genius" grant. TED was first held in Monterey, CA in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson's Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder Richard Saul Wurman. In addition to the TED Conference, TED serves to act as a catalyst for ideas worth spreading. In July of 2006, TED introduced TEDTalks, the complete talks of TED Conference speakers, available to the public free of charge via videocast and podcasts at www.ted.com. New talks are released weekly. For more information, visit www.ted.com.
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