Disrupting the access and delivery of pediatric healthcare

By October 10, 2018 No Comments

Sheyma presenting Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft with a CREC bracelet

Since 1997 The Grace Children’s Foundation has been working through its Children’s Resource Exchange Center (CREC) healthcare model with partners in healing, helping children in need from North and South America, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, connecting children to pro-bono and subsidized care on a case-by-case basis.

Now, as we continue our journey in the age of digital transformation, our goal is to disrupt the industry by systematizing and accelerating global access and delivery of pediatric healthcare. We have come a long way over the past two decades. In 2017, we began our collaboration with innovators at Microsoft to build a global digital platform powered by Microsoft technology and Artificial Intelligence that will connect any child of any background, living anywhere in the world to medical resources and continuous care.

The CREC digital platform is envisioned as a comprehensive data management system that the advocate for any child in need can easily access and navigate to connect to resources including medical providers, like-minded nonprofits/NGOs, medical missions, clinical trials, transportation and government documentation. The medical community will be greatly benefited by peer-to-peer communication, coordination of care, secure sharing of information, a crisis alert system and a separate funding arm that supports out-of-region patients and international mission trips through the CREC…combining human conscientiousness with technology.

A kick-start of the Microsoft Hack for Good, Redmond, WA


TGCF-Microsoft team at work. Microsoft Hack for Good, Redmond, WA

We are launching a pilot that will serve as a prototype for the CREC digital platform with the roll out of From One to 100 program. The program aims to connect up to 100 children to vital healthcare either here in the United States or in the regions where they live. The majority of these children are Syrian refugees who are suffering from war-related injuries or other debilitating illnesses. The pilot will serve as a beta test of the CREC digital platform, that has already engendered global support from healthcare providers, technology partners and donors, who practice mindful giving.

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