IBM Health Corps envisions a future where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy life. Where people can access health services no matter where they live; where healthcare is safe and effective; and where all communities promote health and wellbeing.
A healthier future
Leading global health researchers have declared that, for the first time in human history, we have the financial and technical capacity to eliminate key health disparities between lower and higher income nations, preventing nearly 130 million deaths by 2030.(1) The private sector, in cooperation with civil society and government, can play a major role in solving these health challenges. Strategic investment in research and development of health technology, particularly by the private sector, is central to realizing this vision.
Heeding the call, IBM has launched a new global corporate citizenship program to help reduce pressing health disparities across the world. Modeled off of IBM Corporate Citizenship’s award winning programs Corporate Service Corps and Smarter Cities Challenge, and leveraging IBM’s leadership and vision for cognitive computing, IBM Health Corps brings IBM experts to work with health organizations to help address systemic health challenges.
IBM Health Corps teams are comprised of five to six top-performing, cross-disciplinary IBMers that spend three weeks on site with a public and civil sector health organization. Working in partnership with the host organization, the teams draw upon IBM's unique capabilities in data analytics, cognitive computing and health consulting to help communities improve health access, services, and outcomes. Together, our tools, creativity, and passion can create a healthier world.
Three projects were piloted in the UK, South Africa, and the US in 2015 and 2016. Five additional organizations have been selected to receive a Health Corps team across 2016 and 2017, including the American Cancer Society, Duke Health, Gorgas Memorial Institute, RAD-AID, and Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.
(1) Boyle, CF, Levin, C, Hatefi, A, Madriz, S, & Santos, N. “Achieving a “Grand Convergence” in Global Health: Modeling the Technical Inputs, Costs, and Impacts from 2016 to 2030.” Published Oct 9, 2015; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140092
Partnership from the Outset
Organizations are selected following a competitive process to receive an IBM Health Corps team. Ahead of the on-site component of the project, the chosen organization, IBM Corporate Citizenship, and experts across IBM collaborate to define the scope of work.
Deep Immersion in the Work
A team of up to six IBMers spends three weeks on-site with the organization, gathering and analyzing data, meeting with stakeholders and designing solutions to address a mission-driven strategic priority.
Empowering Action, Achieving Results
Equipped with recommendations and a roadmap for next steps, the organization implements changes, while maintaining its relationship with the IBM Health Corps team.
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