Advances in information and communications technologies (ICT) will transform the delivery of essential health, education and other human services in powerful ways – and smart cities will ride the wave to ensure a better life for their residents.
Health and Human Services
Bradford Royal Infirmary and St. Luke’s Hospital are teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom that serve the healthcare needs of 500,000 citizens, of which 22% are from black or minority ethnic (BME) origins. Many of them do not speak or understand English, a situation that often resulted in patient communication problems at the hospitals.
Tainan City Education Center is responsible for the technology needs of the Taiwan city’s 275 public K–9 schools. This includes Internet connection infrastructure; IT education to help students achieve high levels of technology literacy, and value-added services to assist the schools’ teachers and administrators, such as electronic administration, educational technology recommendations and self-service application development.
Based in Bolton, England, Ascribe is a leading provider of business intelligence (BI) and clinically focused IT solutions and services for the healthcare industry. Ascribe estimates that 82% of National Health Service (NHS) trusts in the United Kingdom use its products. With access to large volumes of data maintained by the trusts, the company wanted a BI solution that would help healthcare providers detect, predict and respond more quickly to outbreaks of infectious disease and other health threats.
When Kanaiwa Hospital in Kanazawa, Japan, decided to introduce a comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) system, it needed a smooth transition from its old paper record-keeping as well as a “non-stop” network to support the new system.
For the Hamilton County, Tennessee Department of Education, the essence of educational intelligence is insight through granularity. And it’s one reason the county’s graduation rate has increased and standardized test scores are up too.
Wi-Fi is as much a part of university life as classes and exams. Originating as a “hotspot” accessory, wireless networking has become a baseline technology that students expect. And once installed campus-wide, WLANs are swamped, with more than 100% usage increases per semester.
The Community Geomatics Centre (CGC) is a division of the nonprofit Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, a Council Advisor located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The CGC promotes partnerships and technological means to efficiently share geospatial data, tools and knowledge among community organizations to create a safer, healthier and more prosperous community.