Five apps to help move cities and health forward
30 July 2013 | Elena Bonfiglioli, Senior Director, Health Industry, EMEA
In my last blog I discussed how Microsoft CityNext can help cities support
the advancement of healthier outcomes for their citizens through a people-first
approach to innovation. Through
CityNext, Microsoft and its global ecosystem of partners
offer tools that help tackle issues of personal and public health, social
services and well-being in an integrated context and cut across a city’s diverse
set of services, policies, and processes.
Today, I’m excited to share some examples of CityNext
health and social services solutions.
Here are five great apps that are helping to address the needs of urban
populations and improve citizens’ health and well-being:
- eRedbook is an online health
record in which health professionals and parents can log a child’s
health information from birth (growth, vaccinations, checkups, episodes, etc.).
Parents can also use it to check test results, jot down notes and questions for
their health professional, and receive email appointment reminders. It’s a
great 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 allocate
time and resources to respond more
efficiently to citizens’ care needs. It’s used to assess health needs
such as general nursing and special care, time spent on care activities, and
quality of care to support better outcomes in social services.
- MedCitas is a Windows 8 app for appointment management developed by
Netboss and being used in Santander,
Spain, as part of its journey toward becoming a healthier city.
People can use
MedCitas to find available doctors near them, book office visits, and provide
feedback 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 a
hospital or between shifts, for example—is fully tracked and audited. Not only
does this help clinicians prioritize patient needs and reduce information loss
and replication, but audit information from eHandover can be
used as an education source to improve care and patient outcomes.
- J&J Digital Health Scorecard is an application that helps people understand their likelihood of
developing common chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart or respiratory
diseases, or cancer. It provides a personal health risk factor score based on a
person’s answers to seven key questions. Information from the app can be shared
with health professionals to identify ways to reduce risk factors through
lifestyle changes, treatments, and community-based support resources.
these 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. Over
the coming months, we’ll continue to share examples of how Microsoft CityNext solutions—based
on familiar, secure Microsoft software, services and devices that provide
high-value experiences—can help in these efforts. So check back here often and I look forward to continuing the conversation on moving
cities and health forward through a people-first, holistic approach to
Senior Director, Health Industry, EMEA