Boston University Medical student, Mass. General Hospital Team of Residents are Winners of Information Technology Awards from Massachusetts Medical Society

Contact: Richard P. Gulla
Tel: 781-434-7101
Email: rgulla@mms.org

Boston, Mass. -- May 18, 2011 -- A Boston University Medical School student and a team of three residents at Massachusetts General Hospital are the recipients of the 2011 Massachusetts Medical Society's Information Technology Awards. 

The honor recognizes the development of an information technology tool that helps physicians practice medicine, teach medicine, or pursue clinical research. Two awards of $3,000 each are presented annually by the state medical society, to one medical student and one resident, fellow, or intern. This year's resident team will share one of the awards.

Brian Nahed, M.D., Eric Chang, M.D., and Vanessa B. Kerry, M.D., 
Massachusetts General Hospital
This team of three residents won for their project, Tele-Video-Medicine using Facetime® via iPOD® Touch Devices.  As part of the Mass. General's Global Health program, they visited Uganda to help improve surgical capacity at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology.  During their time there, they noted that patients would travel long distances and at great expense to travel for medical care and realized that advances in technology ubiquitous in the developed world could be applied to improve patient care in Uganda. They applied the Apple Ipod Touch 4g, capable of transmitting audio and video in real time over a wi-fi network, creating a system for patients in resource-poor setting to surmount traditional barriers of access to care.  

Andrey Ostrovsky
Boston University School of Medicine
Mr. Ostrovsky is a fourth-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. Between his third and fourth years, he was awarded a year-long Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fellowship to conduct health policy research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in conjunction with the California Department of Public Health.

Mr.Ostrovsky was a principle in developing the website, the San Francisco Community Vital Signs, an online tool to evaluate and strengthen the local public health system. He has subsequently published a paper in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, demonstrating how the Community Vital Signs streamlines health system assessment and collaboration by fusing public health with social media. He has also given Grand Rounds for the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF in applying lean-startup entrepreneurship principles to public health innovation.

Since his return to medical school, he has written a series of five speeches on health disparities for U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, which were delivered by the Senator in Congress. Mr. Ostrovsky is currently working with several web-based health companies as a consultant for customer development. He plans to train in medicine-pediatrics during residency and looks forward to a career in primary care medicine, health policy, and social entrepreneurship. 
 
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