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IBM initiative wants to ‘tackle public health challenges’

IBM initiative wants to ‘tackle public health challenges’

IBM has launched a programme that will see health organisations, selected through a competitive process, receive the expertise of tech giant’s expertise to help tackle public health issues.

IBM is therefore inviting civil, governmental, and social sector organisations such as regional or national health departments, not-for-profits, clinics and hospitals to propose innovative health projects for IBM’s health and technology problem solvers to address.

IBM says it aims to help communities surmount challenges that currently limit access to quality healthcare and will assist organisations in addressing social and environmental determinants of health, such as safe water and sanitation, stable housing, physical fitness, and nutrition.

IBM announced that applications may be submitted to IBM starting today through April 20 by visiting www.ibmhealthcorps.org.

IBM says it will review all proposals and announce up to five winners later this year. The company will then deploy global teams of IBM’s top talent with health and technical expertise to winning communities, where they will analyse the local health challenge. The IBM teams will recommend detailed solutions, which might include blueprints and strategies for organisational, programmatic, technological, and operational enhancements. The commercial value of each engagement is estimated at USD $500,000.

Aspen Global Health and Development Executive Director Peggy Clark says that “IBM is taking a truly innovative approach to strengthening health systems. Deploying teams of IBM’s best and brightest across the world, together with its technology, will give health organizations access to the ‘brain’ of IBM. We’re excited to support IBM as they catalyze change for our most pressing health challenges.”

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