Five apps to help move cities and health forward



In my last blog I discussed how Microsoft CityNext can help cities supportthe advancement of healthier outcomes for their citizens through a people-firstapproach to innovation. ThroughCityNext, Microsoft and its global ecosystem of partnersoffer tools that help tackle issues of personal and public health, socialservices and well-being in an integrated context and cut across a city’s diverseset of services, policies, and processes.

Today, I’m excited to share some examples of CityNexthealth and social services solutions.Here are five great apps that are helping to address the needs of urbanpopulations and improve citizens’ health and well-being:

  • eRedbook is an online healthrecord in which health professionals and parents can log a child’shealth information from birth (growth, vaccinations, checkups, episodes, etc.).Parents can also use it to check test results, jot down notes and questions fortheir health professional, and receive email appointment reminders. It’s agreat tool to help parents be more engaged in managing their child’s health.
  • Care Optimizer, a cloud-based app offered by Capgemini,provides real-time information so case managers in Sweden can better allocatetime and resources to respond moreefficiently to citizens’ care needs. It’s used to assess health needssuch as general nursing and special care, time spent on care activities, andquality of care to support better outcomes in social services.
  • MedCitas is a Windows 8 app for appointment management developed byNetboss and being used in Santander,Spain, as part of its journey toward becoming a healthier city.People can useMedCitas to find available doctors near them, book office visits, and providefeedback on health services—all from their Windows 8 devices.
  • Ascribe eHandover, a clinician-designed handover solution, helps ensure that all patient handover activity—between locations in ahospital or between shifts, for example—is fully tracked and audited. Not onlydoes this help clinicians prioritize patient needs and reduce information lossand replication, but audit information from eHandover can beused as an education source to improve care and patient outcomes.
  • J&J Digital Health Scorecard is an application that helps people understand their likelihood ofdeveloping common chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart or respiratorydiseases, or cancer. It provides a personal health risk factor score based on aperson’s answers to seven key questions. Information from the app can be sharedwith health professionals to identify ways to reduce risk factors throughlifestyle changes, treatments, and community-based support resources.

Tools likethese help cities take advantage of the vital opportunities offered by today’s mobile,cloud, and big data technologies to improve health in more ways and places. Overthe coming months, we’ll continue to share examples of how Microsoft CityNext solutions—basedon familiar, secure Microsoft software, services and devices that providehigh-value experiences—can help in these efforts. So check back here often and I look forward to continuing the conversation on movingcities and health forward through a people-first, holistic approach toinnovation.

Elena Bonfiglioli
Senior Director, Health Industry, EMEA

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Elena Bonfiglioli | Senior Director, Health Industry, EMEA

Elena Bonfiglioli leads the Health Industry business for Microsoft in EMEA and is part of the Worldwide Public Sector Health Team. Read More