SOURCE: Elluminate, Inc.

December 18, 2006 12:07 ET

Pan American Health Organization Facilitates Cost-Effective Communication and Collaboration With Elluminate Live!®

Live eLearning and Web Conferencing Environment Will Also Enable Public Health Education for Member Countries

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 18, 2006 -- Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and Web collaboration software, announced today that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has implemented Elluminate Live!® Academic Edition™ to facilitate communication and collaboration with its 36 member countries, eliminating the need for a significant number of international trips and costly satellite-based teleconferencing. PAHO will use Elluminate Live! to support its mission of strengthening national and local health systems, and improving the health of the peoples of the Americas in cooperation with government and international agencies, universities, centers of excellence, community groups and many others.

Following an extensive competitive analysis based on product features, functionality and usability, PAHO selected Elluminate Live! for its full-duplex audio, bandwidth management, audio buffering, breakout rooms, participation management, multiple-language support and affordable pricing. The organization uses a Microsoft SharePoint site to deliver support, documentation, usage tips and best practices guidelines to end-users, and serve as a single access point for the staff to ten Elluminate Live! permanent virtual rooms for scheduled and ad hoc meetings. All scheduling is done through SharePoint calendars. In addition, PAHO will use the live eLearning environment to enable the organization's virtual campus initiative with the goal of providing remote education on a wide variety of health-related topics.

According to Dr. Roberto J. Rodrigues, PAHO consultant for information and knowledge management, PAHO spent over $28 million in 2004 on mission-related travel expenses. "While face-to-face meetings are sometimes the best method of communicating, we wanted to reduce travel costs while maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of our technical cooperation processes," said Rodrigues. "In the tool's first week of use, the savings in travel expenses alone paid for about half of the entire annual contract. We believe Elluminate Live! is having a tremendous impact on our ability to collaborate and exchange information and knowledge among our staff and with national professionals."

"Elluminate Live! is specifically designed to ensure reliability in remote, rural areas or countries where Internet connectivity is less than optimal," said Maurice Heiblum, president of Elluminate USA, Inc. "We are very pleased to provide a cost-effective, synchronous eLearning solution that enables PAHO to increase communication, collaboration and knowledge sharing on an international level."

About the Pan American Health Organization

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health technical cooperation agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve the health and living standards of the people of the Americas. Founded in 1902 as a technical agency for health of the Organization of American States, the organization enjoys international recognition being, since 1946, part of the United Nations system and serving as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). PAHO has 1,885 full-time employees of which about 800 are scientific and technical experts. About one-third of the staff is based at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the remaining distributed in 28 country offices and eight scientific centers. For more information, visit

About Elluminate, Inc.

Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, best-in-class solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration. The company delivers exceptional outcomes, including enhanced learning experiences, increased retention and completion rates, lower Total Cost of Ownership and higher ROI. Elluminate Live! features high-quality voice over the Internet, robust interactive functionality for participants and moderators, and unique No User Left Behind™ technology, regardless of platform or Internet connection speed. Elluminate is one of Deloitte's 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies; is the winner of several prestigious industry awards, including a Top Training Product award from Human Resource Executive magazine and Network Computing magazine's Editor's Choice Award for web conferencing software; and is rated by Forrester Research as a "Strong Performer" in web conferencing. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, such as ADP, DeVry University, Duke University, Georgia State University, Johns Hopkins University, Novell, PA Department of Education, Queen's University, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and many more. For more information, visit

Elluminate Live! is a registered trademark of Elluminate, Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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