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Computerworld Honors 2012 Winners: Using technology to benefit society

June 4, 2012 09:23 PM ET

Innovation

Organization Project Name Project Achievements
Novartis International Winner: SMS for Life - Fighting Malaria in Africa System consisting of an SMS management tool and a Web-based reporting tool gives healthcare providers visibility into antimalarial stock levels at health clinics, leading to more efficient stock management and better availability of the life-saving medications. Read more...
DigitalGlobe Finalist: DigitalGlobe's response to Japanese Tsunami using FirstLook and FirstWatch Satellite imagery and company's online and analytic services give users a street-by-street view of damage following natural disasters or political crises, enabling governments and organizations to better plan aid strategy
City of Bolzano Finalist: City of Bolzano's Living Safe Project (Italy) Sensors in elderly residents' homes monitor for danger and transmit data to an off-site control room and Android devices, allowing agents to quickly respond to emergencies; residents can also communicate via touchscreen with health professionals to receive immediate assistance
Direct Relief International Finalist: Customer Case Study: Direct Relief International ERP, CRM and business intelligence applications provide an overview of the aid organization's inventory and flow of resources, allowing workers to more efficiently get the right emergency supplies to people in crisis
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford Finalist: Patient Safety Dashboard Project at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford Custom-developed dashboard gives healthcare team a real-time view into the status of the entire medical unit as well as individual patients, resulting in better care and increased compliance with care guidelines
Seven Corners Seven Corners Virtual Private Cloud Upgrade to virtual desktop environment using agile development to keep system developments, application upgrades and customer implementations on track virtually eliminates outages, supports business expansion and growth, and increases company's ability to aid its customers in crises
Skype Low-bandwidth version of Skype for NGOs Low-bandwidth version of software provides free or low-cost voice and video calls over the Internet for United Nations field employees working in remote areas and under harsh conditions without jeopardizing business applications
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture USAFoodSafety End-to-end software creates a consistent, fully automated workflow process for inspecting facilities where food is manufactured, prepared or sold, allowing inspectors to record required data on handheld tablets and better track inspection information
Dr Lal PathLabs Pvt. Ltd. S-2-R (Sample to Report) Document management system integrated with an ERP system allows lab to shorten the time it takes to get test results to patients while also improving its ability to store, retrieve and manage data
SGI PLEIADES Upgrade Next generation of high-performance computing platform extends the computational capability of NASA's Pleiades supercomputer system, adding approximately 35% to the peak capability of Pleiades in early 2012
Intralinks IntraLinks Life Sciences Online service that enables pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations to quickly and efficiently collaborate and share research helps improve the speed and quality of clinical drug trials and the process of bringing new therapies to market
Yahoo! JAPAN Yahoo! JAPAN Shinsai Website Established after the March 2011 earthquake in Japan to assist with humanitarian efforts, the site is now a thriving online community supporting news and emergency alerts, community events, volunteer activities and charitable donations
Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, FL Ninth Judicial Court Centralized Remote Interpreting (CRI) Audio and video infrastructure enables off-site interpreters to securely view and interact with the court, ensuring that court officials can obtain services from certified professionals when needed and helping to lower the court's interpreter costs
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County Healthy Beginnings Software systems collect, track and report data and statistics that support strategic management and planning decisions across multiple agencies, enabling the council to deliver services to families more efficiently
Westchester County TeleCorrections Inmate Kiosk and Video Visitation System System allows Westchester County Jail inmates to securely communicate face-to-face with outside parties who can connect via the Web; family visits have a positive social impact, while virtual visits with bail expediters help county shorten prisoners' time in jail, saving costs
Network for Good Unleashing Generosity Organization's donation-processing platform provides a foundation on which developers can build Web apps that enable nonprofits to raise money and for-profit companies to incorporate giving into commerce
iGivefirst iGivefirst Platform allows website visitors to safely donate to charities with one click of the "Give" button; website owners, bloggers and online publishers can implement the technology to encourage visitors to donate to charities referenced on their sites
Morpheon Corp. ChartBase: Delivering Paperless Efficiency to Occupational Healthcare Practice management and electronic medical records solution fully automates the operation of an occupational-industrial medical clinic, providing documentation and assessment tools, and compiling and submitting required supporting documentation
Infratab Inc. Sustain. Track. Trace. The Nicaraguan Spiny Lobster Various technologies, including electronic tags and GPS-enabled cellphones, create a system to help the Nicaraguan government enforce regulations protecting both the sustainability of the Nicaraguan spiny lobster population and the fishing industry
New York City Police Department Capgemini & NYPD Property and Evidence Tracking System (PETS) System allows police to more efficiently identify, locate, track and route property and evidence, with the ability to access a cradle-to-grave life cycle of invoiced property and evidence on demand

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