June 25, 2008
Computerworld's Mobile & Wireless World Honors RTI with "Best Practices in Mobile and Wireless" Award for 2008
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -– RTI International’s pioneering efforts to develop a wireless network to share health records among perinatal clinics in Zambia earned it Computerworld's Mobile & Wireless World magazine's "Best Practices in Mobile and Wireless" award for 2008.
The award, which was presented at the magazine’s annual Mobile & Wireless World conference in Miami, honors RTI for "Innovation and Promise" regarding the successful effort to develop a leading-edge wireless network solution for the Zambian Electronic Perinatal System (ZEPRS).
ZEPRS is an open source electronic-first perinatal patient record system running over a voice and data wireless network interconnecting 24 public health clinics and the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. The system is currently used to manage care for more than 140,000 perinatal patients, with an average of more than 5,000 new patients registered monthly.
The system provides real-time data for health and health care surveillance for 25 facilities via a central database. A combination of automated rules-based guidance for clinicians built into the software and supportive supervision by physicians who monitor the data has resulted in measurable improvements in health care.
Ongoing work includes a direct interface to laboratory test results and offline operation for facilities with intermittent connectivity. RTI has made ZEPRS software and source code available without license fees under an open source license.
The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Center for Research in Women's Health (CRWH), RTI, and the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) developed ZEPRS with local medical expertise and project engagement from the Lusaka Urban Health District, Central Board of Health and funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Other award finalists in this category included the City of Anaheim, California, the Infrastructure Management Institute of Northern Kentucky University, Northrop Grumman Corporation of McLean, Virginia, and the Oklahoma City IT Services Department. Judges for this award included a cross section of industry journalists and leading-edge practitioners.