In a 2003 survey by PR Week magazine, CEOs named the CIO 100 among the top 10 most influential corporate scorecards anywhere, compiled by any publication or organization. This year, Dallas-based non-profit MediSend International has been awarded the coveted prize for MediSend’s innovations in the use of IT in supply chain and donor asset management. Every year CIO Magazine identifies and honors 100 organizations that have distinguished themselves by creating business value through the effective and innovative use of IT. The process for choosing the CIO 100 honorees is systematic and very competitive. A CIO 100 award is an acknowledged mark of enterprise excellence.
As stated in the August issue of CIO Magazine : “Whether they were at a small nonprofit like MediSend International (which used supply chain management technology to reinvent its business model for distributing humanitarian aid) or a $20 billion behemoth like Goodyear (which used supercomputers to model new tires), CIOs this year creatively used IT to advance their companies’ strategic goals. And these companies did not simply deploy the latest technology. What sets our honorees apart is how they used IT in new ways to generate business value, whether by creating new products and services, developing better ways to serve customers or tackling operational challenges.”
Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend, and Jeff Douglas, MediSend’s CIO will accept the award at the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony on August 22nd at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California.
MediSend International is a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of poor communities in developing countries that otherwise might be left without medical resources. With the help of strategic partners such as manufacturers, distributors and hospital systems that donate surplus medical supplies and equipment, MediSend provides shipments of medical aid desperately needed in developing countries to qualified public and charitable hospitals and clilnics. Often, in these areas, doctors and medical practitioners are desperate for the likes of even the simplest items such as surgical gloves or sterile syringes.
MediSend’s innovative approach to providing the availability of medical equipment and supplies to those in need, as well as their system of fulfillment, has garnered much attention. MediSend has developed business process management applications such as Mediwerks, MediAid, and the Donor Asset Management System (DAMS) that allow MediSend to manage the entire supply chain of donating supplies and equipment, as well as ordering, delivering and tracking medical aid to hospitals and organizations in developing countries.
Most of the recipients of the CIO 100 are not non-profits, rather companies such as Dell, FedEx, General Motors and UPS. Non-profits sharing the stage with MediSend include Lance Armstrong Foundation and The University of Texas M.D.Anderson Cancer Center. The CIO 100 Award simply states that MediSend’s excellence in IT is one more way that they fulfill their mission of Sending Hope and Saving Lives.
For more information on the 2006 CIO Award or to speak with Nick Hallack or Jeff Douglas, please contact Lou Ann York at 214-343-1599.