May 17, 2020

Global health prize won by jailed Iran doctors

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Kamiar Alaei
Two doctors from Iran who were jailed three years ago have been awarded a global health prize for their efforts in the treatment of HIV and AIDS. The b...

Two doctors from Iran who were jailed three years ago have been awarded a global health prize for their efforts in the treatment of HIV and AIDS.

The brothers Kamiar and Arash Alaei were arrested in 2008 after being accused of conspiring to overthrow the government and the regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

They have now received the Global Health Council's Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights in recognition for their dedication and progress in treating HIV/AIDS.


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In the late 1990s the brothers came up with a three-tier treatment programme for HIV/AIDS which incorporated all aspects of prevention, care and social support.

The project was so successful that after starting in a small clinic in Iran it was replicated across the country and even spread to the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

“It was beyond borders really and the programme became part of the national strategic plan,” Kamiar said in an interview with BBC World Service.

He also explained that due Iran’s unique population demographics there is a big risk that people will contract HIV/AIDS: “Approximately 50% of the general population are between 17 and 27 years old.”

“So we have a huge number of people who are at risk of addiction, injection, sexually transmitted infections and other HIV-related risk factors,” he added.

Kamiar Alaei was released from prison several months ago and was able to collect the award in Washington while his brother continues to serve his six year sentence in the Evin prison in Tehran. 

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

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We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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