Edit Impact: The Global Accelerator Award™
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Awards in healthcare are given for past performances. A new approach to healthcare awards is to find a way to identify organizations or people who have helped propel ‘into action’ an idea that holds the promise of dramatically improving patient care and human health throughout in the world. This can be done in ‘real-time’ using Cell-invented ‘scraping’ methodologies.
Longwoods Publishing, an independent private company, has announced, via successive press releases, the inception and ongoing work of The Global Accelerator Award™, based on an Innovation Cell methodology to capture patient (and wider public) opinion. The Cell's methodology analyzes which organizations or people have put an idea or strategy into action that has generated significant and recent positive “buzz” or “chatter” on the World Wide Web – notably, on patient-led blogs and social networking sites.
The Award, the first of its kind in the world, has recognized 19 organizations or people globally (including Medtronic Inc., The New Zealand Government, Saskatchewan’s Patient First Initiative, The UK’s Legatum Institute, The US Breakthrough Institute, and The Microinsurance Network in Senegal). The press releases are organized in a branded Longwoods publishing page (http://www.longwoods.com/accelerator). As of April 23, 2010 the award page had received over 8,000 page views since October 2009, and has received media attention in New Zealand and around the world. The rationale for the award is being published in a peer-reviewed journal.
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