Boston Children’s Hospital and IBM harness social education

OPENPediatrics, a social platform for medical training, can improve pediatric care worldwide

Published on 23 Oct 2013

OPENPediatrics is an open forum to connect healthcare providers around the world. The idea is to leverage technology to promote worldwide sharing and exchange of knowledge to rescue children from crisis.

Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH, Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital


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United States


Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children in 1869, Boston Children’s Hospital today is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent healthcare. It is grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Boston Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Business need
The teaching hospital apprenticeship model, which once revolutionized medical education, is now failing to adapt to an increasingly interconnected world. As a result, expert knowledge is bottlenecked within the walls of institutions, creating disparities in access to medical education.

The collaboration resulted in OPENPediatrics, a cloud-based education application for desktops and notebooks that features advanced social networking. It is the first application for continuing medical education outside of an institution, a paradigm shift that could revolutionize post-graduate medical education.

The IBM solution helped augment medical knowledge for healthcare workers everywhere, share medical knowledge globally and equips caregivers with the knowledge and skills to care for critically ill children


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Cognos Business Intelligence, IBM Connections, IBM Security Access Manager for Cloud and Mobile, WebSphere Application Server

GBS BCS - iX&M - Strategy, Creative & Design

, Social Business for Innovation, BA - Business Analytics,

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