Computerworld has announced that Ortec has won the 2013 Honours Laureate Award. Computerworld's annual award programme honours visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change. Ortec won for its work optimizing the logistical processes of North Star Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2006 to build a network of Roadside Wellness Centres (RWCs) across Africa. In 2012, 218,762 people visited North Star clinics to receive counselling, testing, and treatment, all registered with a passport system developed by Ortec. Ortec's Corridor Medical Transfer System COMETS system facilitates the collection of site-specific health and demographic data. COMETS innovation – it is the first medical patient system in Africa where individual patient files can be accessed at different locations regardless of national borders. The Computerworld Honours Programme awards will be presented at the Gala Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.
"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 recognise the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance organisations' ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper."
"Innovation and social responsibility is in the Ortec DNA," stated Ortec Consulting Group CEO Lambert van der Bruggen. "We are very proud that 29 RWCs across Africa are helping save displaced people's lives and in the next 18 months we will open 21 new RWCs along with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 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 the 2012 recipient of the Franz Edelman Award for operations research excellence for optimising supply chain operations for TNT Express and saving the company more than $265 million over a three year period. The Edelman Award is considered the highest honor in the field of operations research, the discipline of applying analytical methods to help make better business decisions. Ortec has won numerous other awards and was just named a finalist for the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Award for its work on behalf of North Star Alliance.