India officially declared Polio-free by WHO, resulting in a global health victory
After three years of dealing with Polio’s horrific outbreak in India, the Regional Certification Commission deemed India officially free-and-clear of Polio throughout the region last Thursday. The final eradication of Polio from the Southeast region presents one of the world’s greatest global health victories yet and marks a realized goal by various worldwide efforts.
It was only five years ago that India had nearly half of the world’s reported polio cases, and was considered one of the most innately difficult places in which to eradicate the disease; due to its sanitation challenges and overly-populated regions. Officially, India’s last case was officially reported in January of 2011 on the West Bank when a young girl was paralyzed by Polio’s terrible effects. Though this disease is not yet curable, it is highly preventable with appropriate vaccinations and preventative care treatments.
With support from worldwide healthcare organizations, India launched a widespread effort which involved surveillance networks, as well as 2.3 million vaccine administrators who identified at-risk communities and provided specialized preventative care services. Parents, social mobilizers and religious leaders were included in the process, to help combat the rumors surrounding the vaccines and to increase understanding about the importance of these immunizations.
Other community support came from famous Bollywood celebrities, who openly endorsed the vaccination efforts towards eradicating Polio; famous cricket players and actors gathered together to speak out for the cause. The efforts also enlisted the help of government, U.N. agencies and philanthropic organizations.
CNN newsroom reports that, “The incidence of the disease has dropped by more than 99% since 1988. It remains endemic in three countries -- Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan -- down from more than 125 countries in 1988.”
The WHO vaccination efforts reached more than 23 million children, after the initial reporting of the outbreak in Syria last December.
Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know
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.