There is a growing understanding of the network’s ability to multiply impact in health care as well as recognition of Cisco’s role in applying networking technology solutions to address health care needs. Most recently, Cisco won an award from GBCHealth for the “core competence category” for our work in the corporate social responsibility program known as Connecting Sichuan. The three-year program aimed to transform healthcare systems after the 2008 earthquake through the implementation of ICT technologies by connecting urban and rural health organizations for improved access to quality healthcare.
More than 280,000 now receive critical health care regardless of where in the region they live, thanks to the Connecting Sichuan program. And there has been a 32 percent reduction in antibiotic costs as a result of remote health care treatment enabled by the program.
Given these results, Cisco was presented with the award at the annual GBCHealth Conference, which brings together thought leaders from business, government, multi-laterals and civil society to discuss important health topics and healthcare challenges globally. GBCHealth is a coalition of more than 200 member companies with a mission to mobilize the power of global business community to build a healthier world.
This is a very significant award honoring companies that exemplify a spirit of innovation and dedication to outstanding achievements in global health. This year’s award was extremely competitive—the winners (1 for each of the 5 categories) were selected from 40 finalists, conferred by an external panel of expert judges drawn from government, multi-laterals, academia, non-profits and the corporate community. On hand to receive the award was SVP Carlos Dominguez who also led a session at the conference about how social media can shape the future of disease awareness, prevention and treatment. Other dignitaries and featured speakers included Muhtar Kent, Deepak Chopra, Richard Edelman, Christy Turlington-Burns, Kenneth Cole and Barbara Bush.