Health eVillages has announced a partnership with Oakstone Publishing to provide continuing medical education (CME) content to health professionals working at Health eVillages’ pilot locations throughout the developing world.

“Oakstone is thrilled to collaborate with Health eVillages on this initiative,” said Diane Munson, President and CEO of Oakstone.  “Like Health eVillages, our mission is to improve healthcare, and we believe our multimedia programs and the academic excellence of our institutional partners are ideally suited to meet the needs of medical students and healthcare providers working in areas with less than ideal resources.”

“Continuing medical education is critical to the practice of medicine, and Health eVillages understands the inherent challenge involved in staying current on evidence-based research and medical advancements – especially in developing regions worldwide,” said Donato Tramuto, founder of Health eVillages and CEO and Vice Chairman of Physicians Interactive.  “Using Oakstone’s CMEinfo® digital audio and video content will help medical professionals build on their medical skills and knowledge to deliver better patient care.”

I had a chance to interview Donato Tramuto, CEO and vice chairman of Physicians Interactive and founder of Health eVillages, who shared with me a very exciting vision for transforming the quality of medical education across the world using mobile technology.

“It’s been an amazing first year, but there’s still a lot of work to be done to improve the healthcare delivery system in remote and under-resourced hospitals and clinics around the world,” said Tramuto.  “As we reflect on the work to date and look ahead to what can and will be accomplished, one thing is abundantly clear: the power of technology to improve healthcare is real, and we look forward to building on our progress thus far to reach new heights in our second year.”

According to Tramuto, one major hurdle the CME initiative has encountered is the fact that all of their educational content is currently in English only. The next big step for the program will be translating the materials into the many different local languages, which will hopefully accelerate adoption of the program and drive significant improvements in the quality of care in the developing world.