Marking a new phase of Intel’s World Ahead Program, an alliance of 16 companies has formed to expand Intel’s efforts to provide people in developing countries with the benefits of technology.At a recent press conference, Intel chairman Craig Barrett announced the formation of the World Ahead Alliance in India. The alliance pledges to apply techonolgy to advance health, education and rural empowerment. The World Ahead Alliance brings together 16 Indian organisations that have been influential in the results achieved during the early phases of the Intel World Ahead Program, including non-profits, education companies, hospitals and service and technology providers.The members consist of Apollo, Comat Technologies, Fortis Healthcare, Karishma Software Limited, Manipal University, Narayana hrudalaya, NIIT Limited, Sankara Nethralaya, SN Informatics Private Limited among others. With the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare of the government of India, Intel helped inaugurate two rural health projects in India this week, including a pilot program for remote diagnostics and screening at Tindivanam Taluk Hospital in Tamil Nadu.Intel had earlier deployed its first remote health programs in a digital village pilot in Baramati, a small town about 120 kilometers from Pune. The pilot in Baramati attracted the attention of government and industry leaders, inspiring e-health projects that will be deployed across Tamil Nadu and the country. The projects include a tele-health program for community hospitals and a school health-monitoring system.Mr. Barrett was also slated to visit China, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America to explore how digital inclusion programs are taking root and creating life changing opportunities.