WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - In a move to address the overwhelming health burden in Iraq, data and wireless communication provider Omnnea Wireless, Ltd. is launching the ONE TOUCH Health initiative throughout Iraq. The program, developed in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, has been in development stages since early 2010 and is intended to deploy to users by the second quarter of 2011.
ONE TOUCH Health utilizes the limited resources most Iraqis already have: mobile phones, which have a high penetration throughout the nation. Mobile devices will be turned into points of access for users to interact and obtain immediate, tailored medical responses built on the latest evidence-based medical guidelines. ONE TOUCH Health allows users to engage the health care system in several ways currently impossible in Iraq. The program is multi-dimensional with several targeted methods of reaching the community, all designed around the unifying objective of improving health for the average citizen.
"We are very excited about the progress of ONE TOUCH Health and the implications for all Iraqis," said Executive Vice President Hanadi Faris. "Many programs target the small portion of the population that can afford extensive medical attention. ONE TOUCH Health is meant to improve health for everyone, regardless of means."
Among other services of ONE TOUCH Health are free SMS messages providing healthy lifestyle advice, physician video conferencing services for patients in remote areas, and individualized health databases for subscribers. Also in development is full length programming of various physicians discussing relevant issues, with episodes streamed through mobile devices and available over the Internet. To promote the launch, Omnnea is scheduling a series of "ONE TOUCH Health Day" events that have been planned at their retail outlets. Free and open to the public, Omnnea will be offering diabetes and hypertension screening, healthy lifestyle education, and vaccinations services.
"Omnnea's goal is to improve the quality of life for Iraqi citizens, and this project allows us to succeed on a new level for a telecom company, namely health care," Faris went on to add. The company has expanded its staff for the anticipated increased demand, including collaboration with U.S.-based medical groups. "We have an obligation to do right for the Iraqi people; it is the guiding principle of our business."
About Omnnea Wireless -- Omnnea Wireless, Ltd. is an Iraq-based privately held wireless, internet and data provider offering services throughout Iraq. Omnnea is currently engaged in research and development in wireless telecommunications integration and services, technology-based security services and information technology. Headquartered in Babylon province, the firm has additional offices in Baghdad, Najaf, Basra, as well as satellite offices in Herndon, Virginia. Omnnea has been operating in Iraq since 2007 and prides itself on its efforts in corporate social responsibility. For more information on Omnnea Wireless, Ltd., please visit www.omnnea.com or contact [email protected].
About Johns Hopkins University -- Established in 1876, Johns Hopkins University is one of the premier institutions in the United States for education and research. It has earned a world-renowned reputation in health care and a unique approach to business education. The mantra of Carey Business School, "Where business is taught with humanity in mind," permeates their curriculum and educational objectives. Conceived by Rafid Fadul, MD of Johns Hopkins, the ONE TOUCH Health initiative is a culmination of these beliefs. Dr. Fadul led an integrated team of clinicians, programmers, and telecommunications experts in the development and deployment of this project. For more information on Carey Business School, please visit www.carey.jhu.edu.