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World Summit Award, a prize for Catalonia

The Winners Conference of the World Summit Awards was held in Monterrey, Mexico during the first week of September 2009. Among the award recipients was Generalitat de Catalunya. was present during the awards ceremony.

WSA is an initiative of the Austrian Government, created in 2003, in the framework of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, of which is a member since 2004.

For this current year, 2009, Peter Bruk's team has studied more than 20.000 projects submitted by the representatives of more than 168 countries, including prizes for youngsters with a view to focusing the use of internet on the fulfillment of the UN’s development objetives of the millenium.

Awards are grouped in categories that cover a wide scope of present day society’s challenges, including government, health, the environment, education, games, culture, science, technology, business, inclusion, participation, etc.

In the fields of health and environment, the winning projects were Tree People from Austria, The BioMAP from Egypt, MPedigree from Ghana, Mamaherb from Israel, and the Catalonia Shared Medical Record.

The Catalonia project, developed under the direction of Joan Guanyabens, from the Health Department of the Generalitat de Cataluña, makes available the Shared Medical Record (HCC, by its Spanish acronym) to hospitals and primary health care centers. Thanks to this project, as the different systems are connected, the medical personnel of all Catalonia will be able to access the same information about a patient, under strict security measures, so that at the time of the visit to the doctor, the total medical history of the patient will be available, regardless of the health centers in which previous visits and tests were carried out.

Joan Guanyabens recibiendo el premio WSA

During the World Summit Award meeting, we had the chance to learn about other truly innovative projects, such as MyMachine, where Belgian children imagine, with extraordinary creativity, their machines of the future, while the more advanced students convert these crazy ideas into real or virtual machines that advance our knowledge.

The award results may be followed at TV de ganadores, where all the projects are explained.

Translation by Marsha Wilkie
on 14/09/2009
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