Computerworld announced today that our long-time parter, ORTEC, has been named as a 2013 Honors Laureate in recognition of their work with North Star Alliance. Computerworld’s annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology to create positive social, economic and educational change. ORTEC was specifically recognised for its work in developing COMETS, our electronic health passport and data management system, and POLARIS, a network optimisation tool we use to identify the ideal locations for future clinics. Both of these tools play an integral part in enabling us to effectively provide health services to some of Africa’s most hard-to-reach populations in their communities and across borders.

In 2012, over 215,000 people visited our ‘Blue Box’ clinics to receive counseling, testing, and treatment for a range of health issues. Each person also registered with COMETS, enabling them to access their medical records at any North Star Alliance clinic across Africa. By doing so, we are able to provide cross-border health care while monitoring the impact of our work at the local, national, and regional level. We can also use this data to track disease and identify key health trends. Without ORTEC’s ground-breaking work, none of this would be possible.

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

“Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society functions. For the past 25 years the Computerworld Honors Program has had the privilege of celebrating innovative IT achievements,” said John Amato, Vice President & Publisher, Computerworld.

“Computerworld is honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance organizations’ ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper.”

“Innovation and social responsibility is in the ORTEC DNA,“ stated ORTEC Consulting CEO Lambert van der Bruggen. “We are very proud that 29 RWCs across Africa are helping save displaced people’s lives…We will continue to work with North Star to facilitate adoption of the COMETS system to treat more people and mitigate disease outbreaks.”

ORTEC was also recently recognised as a finalist for the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Award for its work with North Star Alliance.


About ORTEC

ORTEC_CoreORTEC is one of the largest providers of advanced planning and optimization solutions and services. ORTEC’s products and services result in optimized fleet routing and dispatch, vehicle and pallet loading, workforce scheduling, delivery forecasting, logistics network planning and warehouse control. ORTEC offers stand-alone, custom-made and SAP® certified and embedded solutions, supported by strategic partnerships. ORTEC has over 1,750 customers worldwide, 700 employees and offices in Europe, North America, South America and the Pacific Region.


Photo courtesy of Dave Chidley. Original press release by ORTEC.

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