These Smart City innovations also have great potential in improving health care services for metropolitan areas, including interaction between patients and caregivers and better access to medical information and resources.
This has been identified as a long-term need, as the world’s population living in urban areas is expected to increase up to 68% by 2050, according to the United Nations. But it also has become even more acutely vital in light of the current global outbreak of COVID-19, as hospitals and healthcare providers around the world are facing unprecedented challenges in responding to a new pandemic that emphasizes particular demands of security and aging populations. Smart cities technologies can offer concrete solutions to proactively address both immediate health emergencies and long-term strategies.
The Asian nation wants to move forward into the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in’s special committee to develop a set of recommendations — an initiative focusing on how technologies can be promoted in various sectors, including healthcare.
According to the American Hospital Association’s annual report, the United States has 6,000 hospitals across the country and 36.5 million admissions every year, challenging health organizations.
Singapore’s healthcare system is facing various challenges such as an increasing prevalence of chronic disease and an aging population. The Smart Nation initiative, which was launched in 2014, aims at responding to these challenges, with assistive technology and robotics to help seniors or people with disabilities, or with the creation of HealthHub, a digital healthcare portal.
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