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Meeting the demands of an aging population through open data healthcare

Medicine doctor hand working with modern computer interface as mSpeaking at Ovum’s Smart to Future City Forum, Ian Jones, Smart City Lead at the City of Leeds, highlighted the ambitions of the city is to create a citizen and data driven healthcare program for its aging population.

Using a strategy based on digital innovation and open data, the team are in the process of bridging the £600 million gap in budgets to meet the demands of an aging population. The ambition of the city is to create a programme which enables digital thinking in a health system which could be seen as bulky, un-responsive and limited.

“Open data gives us a view on how the city operates,” said Jones. “It allows customers to see data, understand the situation, raise questions and allows us to use the data to encourage innovators to help us solve the cities problems. How we use the data is driven entirely from the community. This is where the value is driven from.”

Bringing together the five trusts in Leeds, the city’s first challenge is to bring together the trusts on one public services network, to increase collaboration and integration, and achieve what the city is describing as citizen driven health. Ultimately the team are driving towards the concept of citizens managing their own health through a digital model and open data infrastructure.

The concept itself it fundamentally built out of the citizens needs themselves. After an initial consultation process with the citizens themselves, the team have driven a number of different initiatives from transportation challenges for an aging population, poor air quality within the city to diabetes management.

Through the deployment of various IoT devices throughout the city, the Leeds Data Mill acts as an open data hub to enable the citizens themselves to drive innovation in the city. Using this concept, the team aim to add value to the overall population by taking ideas from the citizens themselves, as opposed to dictating what is good for them. This in itself is the concept of citizen driven health.

Taipei Computer Association, Government launch Big Data Alliance

TCA, government officials launching the Big Data Alliance in Taipei

TCA, government officials launching the Big Data Alliance in Taipei

The Taipei Computer Association and Taiwanese government-sponsored institutions have jointly launched the Big Data Alliance, aimed at driving the use of analytics and open data in academia, industry and the public sector.

The Alliance plans to drive the use of analytics and open data throughout industry and government to “transform and optimise services, and create business opportunities,” and hopes big data can be used to improve public policy – everything from financial management to transportation optimisation – and create a large commercial ecosystem for new applications.

The group also wants to help foster more big data skills among the domestic workforce, and plans to work with major local universities to train more data and information scientists. Alliance stakeholders include National Taiwan University, National Taiwan University of Science as well as firms like IBM, Far EasTone Telecommunications and Asus, but any data owners, analysts and domain experts are free to join the Alliance.

Taiwanese universities have been fairly active in partnering in partnering with large incumbents to help accelerate the use of big data services. Last year National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in southern Taiwan signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese technology provider Futjistu which saw the two organisations partner to build out a big data analytics platform and nurture big data skills in academia.