Over the next few days, I will introduce you to the people who are working on the IT end bringing you the latest and greatest technology for easy access to your cme materials. Several graduated this year.
Special thanks to Sarbu Rana who designed the CMES logo, was the first student to join the CMES team and has devoted hours, days, weeks and months of his time to developing the website and delivery solutions. Officially he is the Senior Application Developer and Systems Architect for CMES.
Sarbu is second from left and received a Masters of Science in Information Technology from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. USA in May 2017.
Dr. Manoj Thomas and Dr. Yan Li are in Kathmandu this week to install CMES-Pi technology around Nepal. Last weekend they visited Kunde Hospital in the Khumbu Region as their first pilot site.
In our ongoing efforts to improve the delivery of cme, we continue to improve the effectiveness of the technology solutions that we develop. We have developed a solution called CMES-Pi that will enable doctors to access cme content via their smartphone, laptop or another mobile device. Once CMES-Pi is implemented at a hospital or facility the doctors will be able to download and use an app (available for Android or iPhone) to access the CME content. CMES-Pi is a good complement to the thumb drives, and we believe you will find both solutions helpful. Read for yourself how easy it is to be the expert in your facility:
No small feat developing a product that will work in various countries with a plethora of unstable infrastructure. The first round of testing was in Kathmandu, Nepal in May 2016 when the IT team tested a pilot project and networked with potential participants. The team met with the Nepal Medical Council, Minister of Health, Dr. Mahabir Pun and Dr. Arjun Karki; a respected physician and innovator for Nepalese health. All of these individuals provided insight and guidance regarding the needs of the medical community.
Behind the scenes, Sarbu and the IT team continued to work diligently during the summer to get the server functioning and the first batch of thumb drives downloaded with the cme material. Our partner Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives agreed to provide their cme content free of charge and continue to support CMES.
In October I traveled to Kathmandu to work at CIWEC Hospital and dispense the thumb drives to the participants at seven institutions; Kunde Hospital in the Khumbu district, CIWEC Hospitals in Pokhara and Kathmandu, Grande International Hospital, Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu Model Hospital and Nick Simon Institute which serves 22 district hospitals.
For a few years my daughter, a neuropsychologist, had been telling me I needed to meet her colleague and friend, Dr. Manoj Thomas, an Information Systems professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Manoj and I finally met for dinner and the two of us monopolized the conversation talking about our projects. He was working on a project called; Haiti: Information and Communication Technologies for Education. His team was providing rural students without internet access a thumb drive packed with educational resources; a computer on a stick. He was curious if Nepal could be another site. Turns out OLE-Nepal was already doing the same work.
So we combined our passions and in January 2016 came up with the idea for Continuing Medical Education on Stick (CMES) based on my work with Nepal physicians. I had been working with Dr. Mahabir Pun since 2002 on various healthcare projects. No matter where I went in Nepal the physicians described difficulty accessing continuing medical education due to cost and travel limitations.
Manoj asked his colleague on the Haiti project, Dr. Yan Li at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, for assistance. Together with their students from one end of the USA to the other, they worked diligently on the IT aspect. Leading the charge was a graduate student, Sarbu Rana, from Nepal who designed the website and continously amazes us with new additions like this news feed.