Staying Healthy In Big Cities - Forbes.com
The core systems on which cities are based are becoming instrumented and interconnected, enabling new levels of intelligence. What if our newly technology-empowered cities could use better connections and advanced analytics to create “smarter health care”? A smarter health care system will improve connections across our urban networks of providers, patients, payers and researchers. It can generate richer sets of data, including integrated records for each patient to enable personalized health care. It can connect vast amounts of information to improve research, diagnosis and treatment of diseases like cancer, diabetes and hypertension—diseases that compromise the quality of life for citizens and pose a major strain on the economy.
Rob Merkel is the Global HealthCare Service Line Leader for IBM Global Business Services. For 19 years he has helped many of the world’s leading health care brands, governments and institutions tackle their complex challenges.