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outdated in some parts of the world - represent life-saving supplies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
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.