PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health4TheWorld, (H4TW) a fast-growing nonprofit founded by doctors, was recently named “Tech Startup of the Year” in the 16th Annual American Business Awards at a New York City gala.
H4TW is the brainchild of physicians Bhavya Rehani of UCSF, Ankur Bharija of Stanford Medicine and William Dillon of UCSF, whose shared vision is to capitalize on the Bay Area’s technological knowhow to deliver life-saving medical knowledge and resources to under-served communities around the globe.
Since its launch a year ago, volunteer-driven H4TW has grown enormously and achieved an immediate impact on global health, reaching more than 3,500 people in 22 countries with life-saving educational resources and support.
“We are harnessing the power of technology to deliver medical education directly to caregivers in remote parts of the world at no cost to them,” said Bhavya Rehani, President, CEO and co-founder of H4TW. “With the support of over 100 volunteers, including top medical doctors, technology advisors, engineers, videographers, designers and students, we have developed new tools that are positively impacting lives across the globe.”
H4TW’s innovative solutions rely on mobile and web-based applications using emerging technologies, such as 3D animations, machine learning and virtual reality. Its Stroke Mobile Application, which helps patients and families with post-stroke rehabilitation exercises and support, utilizes a conversational chatbot. The app has been translated into multiple languages, including Spanish, Swahili, Nepali, and Tagalog, so that it is customized to the local needs of these communities.
CEO Bhavya Rehani, MD, grew up in India where she saw firsthand the impact of scarce resources and inadequate information on the health of villagers, including her own grandfather. Educated in the U.S., both she and her husband and co-founder Ankur Bharija, MD, are full-time practicing physicians and professors, in addition to their leadership of H4TW. H4TW co-founder and UCSF neuroradiologist and educator William Dillon, MD, feels the technologies currently available are able to transform health care education and in turn practice and care throughout the world.
The soon to be released H4TW Education Platform “Health4TheWorld Academy” represents potentially the largest online education platform to educate doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and allied healthcare professionals in low-resource settings.
H4TW co-founder and Stanford Medicine faculty, Ankur Bharija, MD said “This has only been possible because of a very diverse and passionate team and we hope to grow our global community further with professionals from technology and business who share our vision!”
To get involved as a volunteer, as an expert advisory board member or with a donation towards H4TW’s mission of bringing free-of-cost solutions to every corner of world, follow the link – https://health4theworld.org/get-involved/
Health4TheWorld, is a Federal Tax exempt 501(c)3 organization and a 100% volunteer-driven nonprofit designing solutions for global health problems by continuous engagement with individuals facing these challenges daily and leveraging new technologies. All the services are provided free-of-cost, customizable to fit local needs.