Manila, The Philippines, 5 May 2011 - Elsevier, Redfox Technologies and Microsoft today announced the launch of the iCitizen Nursing Skills Netbook, an integrated and affordable e-learning netbook for nurses and nursing students in The Philippines.
As part of this landmark partnership, the Redfox Netbook is being powered by the revolutionary Windows 7 operating system and enhanced with the Microsoft Office 2010 productivity suite. This world renowned software within the netbook is further complemented with a selection of the Mosby's Nursing skills software from Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.
"With more and more hospitals expected to adopt information technology to provide better quality healthcare at the point of care, nurses will increasingly need to keep up with the latest technological changes and innovation in the workplace," explained Pascal van den Nieuwendijk, Director Public and Private Partnerships for Microsoft in Asia.
In addition to juggling their workloads, nurses are faced with the challenge of constantly updating their skills, not only to keep abreast of the rapidly evolving standards of local health ministries but, more importantly, to provide a higher quality of healthcare to patients. This is where the iCitizen Nursing Skills Netbook comes in, as both practicing nurses and nursing students can easily access up-to-date knowledge in critical care skills and patient care procedures.
"The iCitizen Nursing Skills Netbook demonstrates the seamless integration of a netbook, software and specialized content which underpins Microsoft's ability to drive innovative solutions in collaboration with our valued partners in one of the Philippines' key sectors," Van den Nieuwendijk added. "This project will support the overall government's drive to provide world class healthcare providers and remain one of the world's leading countries in this growing segment."
John Macasio, General Manager of Redfox Technologies Philippines Incorporated, said that ICT is now an integral part of nursing training and education. "For the 21st century nursing students, mentors and practitioners, activities such as learning, creating, gaming, recreating, and working now all take place in an ICT environment." "Redfox I-Citizen netbook for nursing skills brings that differential experience of learning and practice for all nurses through the appropriate bundling of solution for knowledge acquisition, creation, sharing and remembering."
Elsevier expressed its pride in being part of what the company calls an "exciting project that enables us to support the nursing community in The Philippines by providing them with interactive nursing learning tools," said Robert Gorter, Sales & Marketing Director for Elsevier Health Sciences APAC.
"Mosby's Nursing Skills have been adopted by many high-profile healthcare institutions globally in their efforts to educate nursing students on critical care skills and procedures. As such, this unique collaboration with Redfox and Microsoft in The Philippines will now deliver this content to the Filipino nursing community for the first time."
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively. A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).
About Redfox Technologies
Redfox Technologies Philippines Incorporated is a Filipino owned company that designs and manufactures innovative technology products and solutions used for building the infrastructure, people competency and knowledge requirements for every consumer and organization, with primary focus on government, education, gaming, health, enterprise and community organization. Products include Desktop PCs, Notebooks, Netbooks, Multi learner Stations, All in One PC TV, LCD/LED TV and monitors, Interactive white boards, projectors, etc. Special value added software are bundled in each product to provide complete solution needs of every individual.