CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Donato Tramuto, the Chairman and CEO of Physicians Interactive (PI), will speak on "Empowering the World through One Device" at the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association's 35th annual Global Conference in Chicago on Thursday, November 13th at 2 p.m. CT.
Tramuto, along with Hillary Clinton, Robert De Niro and Tony Bennett, is one of the 2014 recipients of The RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights' Ripple of Hope Award for his work as an advocate for the underserved and underprivileged through the two non-profit organizations he founded, Health eVillages and the Tramuto Foundation.
His HBA presentation will center on Tramuto's inspiring life story, starting with being bullied as a child after suddenly becoming deaf at the age of seven to handling the tragic loss of a brother and a sister-in-law. After enduring several painful operations over the next decade, Tramuto's hearing was partially restored.
"The late Senator Robert F. Kennedy had a profound impact during my decade long struggle with my hearing loss. While recuperating from my childhood operations, I immersed myself into reading books about transformational leaders, including Robert Kennedy," Tramuto said. "He fervently believed that receiving adequate healthcare should be a basic human right enjoyed by all, regardless of their personal environment. I have been fortunate to be able to work toward that goal in some of the most underserved regions and communities around the world with Physicians Interactive, the RFK Center, Health eVillages and the Tramuto Foundation. I look forward to sharing the highlights of my journey with the esteemed members of the HBA."
Tramuto will also discuss the tragic events surrounding his sister-in-law's death during childbirth and the deaths of his friends who were on one of the flights that crashed on 9/11 that motivated him to make a difference in people's lives beyond the business world.
Following the death of his sister-in-law, Tramuto realized her life could have been saved if her obstetrician had access to information about her condition at the point of care. He has dedicated his career as a leading healthcare executive since then to connect clinicians, consumers and life sciences companies through digital solutions that help improve the quality of care and patient outcomes.
At the HBA, Tramuto will also explain "Collaborative IQ," the business approach to innovation through integration that his non-profit programs are also modeled upon. Following devastating earthquakes in Haiti in 2011, Tramuto used the Collaborative IQ approach to start Health eVillages. Working with the RFK Center, Regis College and Partners in Healthcare, Health eVillages provides clinicians in the region surrounding Hinche with mobile devices loaded with medical reference and training tools.
Since the Haiti earthquake, Health eVillages has expanded to three countries in Africa. It has helped significantly lower infant mortality rates in some of the most challenging and remote environments on the continent by providing free mobile devices and medical apps, building a maternity hospital, and educating clinicians and mothers on effective pre- and post-natal care.
Finally, Tramuto will also share the history of The Tramuto Foundation, launched following the deaths of close friends on a 9/11 flight. The goal of the Foundation, created in his friends' memory, is to make resources available to individuals and community organizations in need. It addresses funding gaps that prevent underprivileged individuals or underserved communities from being able to achieve their goals and dreams.
The Tramuto Foundation has made more than 40 grants benefitting individuals and organizations, including annual university scholarships, improving accessibility for the hearing impaired at the Ogunquit Playhouse and American Museum of Art in Ogunquit, Maine, and funding the Frannie Peabody AIDS clinic in York County, Maine.
Tramuto has been honored several times for his philanthropic accomplishments around the world. In addition to the RFK Center's Ripple of Hope Award, this year he received the Red Jacket Award from PharmaVOICE for lifetime achievements in the Life Sciences. In 2013 Tramuto received the HITMen and Women Award for lifetime service through healthcare technology, and in 2012 he was one of the Boston Globe's Top 12 Innovators in Massachusetts.
About Physicians Interactive
Headquartered in Reading, MA, PI aspires to use the power of worldwide networks of healthcare professionals and life sciences companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine for the better. PI's value proposition is to offer the life science industry a low-cost, virtual, multi-channel marketing approach that can be used to supplement currently promoted products, as well as non-promoted and orphaned products, that deliver benefits to physicians and patients. A key focus is providing services that fit into physicians' and healthcare professionals' daily workflow at the point-of-care when they make diagnosis, treatment and prescribing decisions. More information can be found at www.PhysiciansInteractive.com.
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