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CHANGEmaker Monday – F12 Networks

June 29, 2015

Over the last few years, we at ICChange have been thrilled to have the ongoing support of F12 Networks Inc.  F12 is a national company that provides I.T. support services for businesses across Canada. F12 is an industry leading Hardware as a Service provider (HaaS) and a recognized leader in delivering Managed Services. Exceptional I.T. support is provided by way of F12’s unique one-click support offering, F12 Connect, custom Cloud Computing solutions, and a team of dedicated F12 Networkers.

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Some of the F12 team with the shipment for Kenya

Since the inception of the Kibera Medical Record Initiative (KMRI) in 2012, F12 has been an outstanding partner helping us to bring electronic medical records to the Kibera slum to improve coordinated patient care.  During the pilot phase F12 donated over 70 thin client computers, and servers. F12 also provided IT specialists and valuable insight.  They mentored the KMRI team to develop and build networking capabilities at partner health clinics in Kibera, Nairobi. They also helped set up the IT infrastructure, and sent two IT specialists to Nairobi to ensure the networking and cabling of the clinics was completed successfully.

Moving forward F12 has also committed to supporting ICChange through a scale-up of KMRI.  This will allow us, together, to expand the electronic medical records to other clinics in Kibera, and potentially to other slum areas outside of Kenya. This will aid in extending the reach of a holistic, integrated and agile health delivery to some of the world’s most at-risk populations.  We are extremely thankful to be working alongside F12 Networks; their generosity, support and philanthropic commitment to our local and global community is commendable.  Thank you Alex, Calvin, Keith, Leanne, Jesse and the rest of the F12 Networkers for helping us move towards sustainability, and for making an impact!

ICChange Executive Jessica Hogan in HEROES Magazine

May 14, 2015

It’s National Nursing Week in Canada from May 11 to 17th and there’s no better time for us to acknowledge the tremendous positive impact that nurses and other frontline care workers have around the world. ICChange is lucky to have several team members and CHANGEmakers with backgrounds in nursing working on solving big problems and improving patients’ outcomes in the communities we work in.

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One of these nurses is our very own Jessica Hogan. Jess has been an integral part of the ICChange team for many years, working on the CeraMaji and Kenya Trauma and Injury initiatives. Her interest is in analyzing the positive impact that transport medicine can have on a health system. If you’re interested in seeing the reach of an idea like this, check out Jess on page 13 of this month’s HEROES Magazine and read on to pages 14 and 15 to see a great graphic demonstrating how transport medicine enables the Stollery Children’s Hospital to serve children across all of Western Canada.

 

Photo credit: HEROES Magazine, Spring 2015

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