Guelph, ON – April 25, 2016 – LifeLearn Inc., a company devoted to mobilizing knowledge in the animal health industry, announced today that their online veterinary support tool, LifeLearn Sofie, was voted a gold winner for innovation at the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business.
LifeLearn Sofie is an innovative new technology for the animal health industry that seeks to improve the health of both patients and veterinary practices. Sofie integrates with IBM Watson, IBM’s cognitive computing system, to return relevant, evidence-based answers based on natural language questions posed by the user. Together, Sofie and Watson function seamlessly to provide veterinarians with immediate access to information, resources, and tools that benefit pets and their owners, as well as the whole hospital team.
In addition to veterinary professionals, Sofie is also accessible to pet owners. The Sofie Pet Care Report is an innovative feature designed to improve the client-veterinarian relationship, opening the lines of communication and more closely involving clients in their pet’s healthcare plan. The Sofie Pet Care Report is designed specifically for each individual pet, and changes as the pet’s health does, keeping the client informed about their pet’s wellbeing over time.“It’s exciting to see companies like LifeLearn continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director. “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.” Award winners were announced April 21, 2016 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic Ballroom of the Capitale in New York City.
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards™ was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.
“We’re honored to have won this prestigious award,” said James Carroll, President and CEO of LifeLearn. “LifeLearn is proud to introduce cognitive computing to the animal health industry through our partnership with IBM Watson, enabling veterinary professionals to provide the best possible care for their patients.”
About the Edison Awards
The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.
Founded in 1994, LifeLearn offers knowledge mobilization solutions for the animal health industry, empowering veterinary practices and animal health organizations to reach beyond traditional boundaries and turn knowledge into action.
Driven by a highly specialized team of veterinarians, biomedical communicators, programmers, and designers, LifeLearn delivers written and visual content that inspires. LifeLearn creates content with insight, accuracy, and the latest technology, and activates it through LifeLearn websites, client education tools, and interactive digital applications that enhance use. With over 20 years in the animal health industry, LifeLearn also offers information and advice, with a specialty around emerging technologies and innovation. For more information about LifeLearn, visit lifelearn.com.