With the majority of our world’s population residing in cities, now
more than ever we need to find smarter, more sustainable ways to help urban
citizens live healthier. The time has come to “mainstream health and
social services” in our cities and leverage the interplay between health and
other important areas such as education, urban planning, transportation,
environmental stewardship, tourism, e-government services, safety and defense.
That’s why I’m extremely excited about Microsoft CityNext. Its people-first
approach can help a city optimize its services, processes, and policies to take
a holistic approach to promoting healthier living by:
- Transforming a city’s technology infrastructure to better cope
with an aging population and the increase in chronic, noncommunicable diseases—by
enabling care provision in more ways and places, for example.
- Engaging with citizens on their terms to provide
services in new, easier, more accessible and affordable ways such as with health
and social services mobile apps that are available 24/7.
nurturing a city’s human potential
by attracting students, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are ready to learn new
skills, invent, and invest their talent to create new solutions and ventures
that address health and societal challenges.
Through this three-pronged approach, CityNext enables cities
to align their infrastructure investments
with the reality of how their citizens work, live, connect, learn, and heal. And it helps them to do so
within tight budgets by doing “new with less.”
So what can cities and their citizens do right now to make a real
impact in health and wellness?
for health and social services offer several ways to not only get started
but also take a long-term view. Based on Microsoft software, services, and
devices that people love to use, they include solutions for:
- Remote care and
case management to enable more efficient and effective delivery of customized,
coordinated care for citizens where and when they need it.
- Social benefits
and administration to help streamline processes and improve the efficiency of
benefits delivery and administrative procedures.
- Personal health
and wellness to
empower people to focus on prevention and to better manage their health by
connecting devices such as digital scales, blood pressure and
glucose monitors, and pedometers with health and wellness apps.
- Primary care to make it
easier for citizens to access general care and referrals
to specialists, and to make it easier for clinicians to care and cure—while enabling
seamless sharing of information along the care continuum.
help track, classify, group, analyze, visualize, and better manage emergency
episodes such as disease outbreaks.
health management to help identify trends that affect the
health of certain populations and provide targeted resources and services to
As Neil Jordan mentioned in his blog last week, these
solutions are based on cloud, analytics, and mobile technologies and are
through our global network of
partners. I’ll share some great examples of these solutions in my next blog
within a week’s time. So check back here soon and I look forward
to continuing the dialogue on the city of the future, which we, at Microsoft,
believe will be a healthier place to live.