Top Global award for 'Rate My Hospital' website


Ratemyhospital.ie, the online ratings site operated by Irishhealth.com, has just been announced as one of the World's Top 40 'E-Content' projects, in a global competition run in conjunction with the United Nations which selected the winners from some 24,000 projects in 160 countries.

Ratemyhospital.ie was one of five global winners in the 'E-Health' category of the bi-annual World Summit Awards, and the first ever Irish winner in the E-Health category of this prestigious international competition.

The fact that winning projects could emanate from countries as small as Ireland was remarked on by the judging panels "as showing that excellence in the ../content and use of new ICTs is not a matter of size of population", according to the official WSA press statement.

The purpose of the WSA is to identify "high quality e-../content products and promote the most outstanding achievements on the World stage, in collaboration with the UN General Secretary's Global Alliance for ICT, UNESCO and UNIDO. According to the WSA, "The contest increases the market awareness of excellence in e-../content, ingenious ideas and novel solutions".

The Irishhealth.com team behind 'Ratemyhospital.ie' have been invited to the Gala Celebration and Winners Conference in Venice in early November. This event is attended by numerous Heads of State, senior UN, UNESCO, UNIDO officers, as well as leading figures from the business and technology arenas.

Rate My Hospital will be represented in Venice by John Gibbons, Publisher, Geraldine Meagan, managing director, MedMedia Publications and Niall Hunter, Editor, Irishhealth.com.

"On behalf of all at Irishhealth.com and Ratemyhospital.ie, we are honoured to accept this accolade", said Publisher, John Gibbons. "We share this honour with the almost 9,000 Irish people who have taken the time and effort to complete our comprehensive 23-part online questionnaire"

Rate My Hospital is now widely recognised as both a reliable and trusted source of information on the inner workings of our hospital system. "Apart from putting previously hidden information into the public domain, Rate My Hospital is also an instrument of change, encouraging, and sometimes goading the health authorities to take the opinions, comments and feedback of the general public seriously, and place this information at the heart of decision-making in the Irish health service", Mr Gibbons added.

"We have in the first year of this rolling survey gathered some 200,000 discrete pieces of data, as well as thousands of personal comments, both complimentary and critical. The WSA Award should, we hope, underline the fact that Rate My Hospital is operated to the highest international standards and has something useful to contribute to the debate on how Ireland's health system can best serve the public", Mr Gibbons concluded.

'Rate My Hospital' was launched in late September 2006. Its parent site, Irishhealth.com, was launched in August 2000 and today has over 113,500 registered members and receives over 200,000 unique visitors every month.

For more on the World Summit Awards, see:

www.wsis-award.org

[Posted: Mon 08/10/2007]

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