Within3 and MedWish International to Build Network for Donating Medical Supplies to Developing Nations
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Within3 today announced at the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco that it will provide its social- networking platform to help MedWish International recover usable medical supplies for use in developing nations - including economically developing countries, countries in a state of crisis due to war, and countries in a state of crisis due to natural disaster. Everyday, countless usable medical supplies are discarded by hospitals, healthcare facilities, and medical supply distributors in the United States. This occurs while developing countries throughout the world are in desperate need of these items. The primary goal of MedWish International is to recover, recycle, and redistribute these life-saving supplies to those providing medical care in developing countries throughout the world. Globally, the MedWish International program improves the quality of medical care available to the underserved around the world; locally, they are effectively reducing the amount of solid waste deposited in landfills. To date, MedWish International has had the opportunity to provide medical supplies to over 49 different countries. Within3 is the fastest growing, international, interdisciplinary community for healthcare professionals online. Within3 will help MedWish International leverage the viral properties of networks to help make additional physicians and healthcare systems aware of simple ways that can save lives in developing nations across the globe. Medwish International's founder Dr. Lee Ponsky said, "Through partnerships with the Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, University Hospitals, the Ireland Cancer Center, the Taussig Cancer Center, and The MetroHealth System, among others, we are able to gather and ship tons of medical supplies each year. Many physicians and organizations are volunteering their time and recycling equipment that - though considered outdated in some parts of the world - represent life-saving supplies elsewhere. Our commitment to our vision drives us to make other physicians aware of our efforts, and we believe that social media are the best vehicle to achieve this goal. We evaluated several options and selected Within3 because of its appeal to a variety of physicians worldwide and its unique features for groups to interact with physician and researcher communities." Within3's CEO Lance Hill said, "We are thrilled that Within3 is able to help MedWish International achieve its noble mission, and we are very enthusiastic about working with MedWish International and a host of other organizations in healthcare to not only bring tremendous value to our members, but hopefully do our part to improve healthcare globally in the process." Within3 fuses social network science and proprietary Internet technology to enable a valuable online network for physicians, researchers and medical organizations worldwide (http://www.within3.com). Within3 is based in Cleveland, Ohio and is a portfolio company of BioEnterprise, a non-profit business accelerator chartered by the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, and Summa Health Care.
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