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3d585a21-b04b-4305-8afe-5196323566aeThere is a shortage of physicians and nurses across the world skilled in the care of ill children, and training on how to expertly treat children with life-threatening illnesses is only available at relatively few teaching hospitals across the world. In response to these needs, Boston Children’s Hospital and IBM launched OPENPediatrics – a peer-reviewed, open-source, and not-for-profit education platform providing information on best practices for the care of critically ill children to healthcare providers around the world.

The OPENPediatrics platform focuses on three things:

  • giving doctors access to the data-driven tools they need to make critical decisions
  • providing a structured learning program for doctors to gain advanced training, and
  • providing access to a global community focused on the care of critically ill children.

Access the OPENPediatrics website at:

Some of the resources created for the OPENPediatrics site — including those in the new multimedia library — are now being made available to the general public as well. Alongside the monthly expert videos, there are an initial 48 animations and illustrations (with many more to follow) which have been released under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA licence so that clinicians and academics may use them in their own instructional materials. As the platform grows, content will extend beyond critical care.

Overall, OPENPediatrics is a very impressive innovation and it is easy to imagine the model being applied to other health disciplines around the world.


The Center for Parent Information and Resources – a resource library for families of children with disabilities

1524942_10152155313989587_1330526752_nThis month’s free CPIR newsletter ‘Buzz from the Hub’ included a Spotlight on Early Learning Resources, which prompted me to draw your attention to what’s available at CPIR.

CPIR is funded by the US Government, and provides two key library services – a comprehensive collection of resources of their own, plus well-selected links to external resources. CPIR’s own collection includes many of the resources developed by NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, who’s funding ended in October 2013. These resources include documents, guides, web pages, presentations, videos and audio, webinars, online modules and online tools. The links to external resources are well-arranged and the site search works well, but beware – you could end up browsing for hours!

Key Topics within the CPIR library include:
* Behavior
* Disability
* Family supports
* Mental Health
* Parental Rights
* Early learning

The CPIR website and many resources are offered in Spanish alongside English, and is provided under a Public Domain licence, so there is no restriction on how you use it.public_domain_logo-69px

If you want to keep up-to-date with new resources added to CPIR, subscribe to their free newsletter ‘Buzz from the Hub’ mentioned above, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.