Connected Health and eGovernment for Smarter Cities
Thus far, the focus of smart city-related studies has been mainly on mobility, energy, and the effective use of resources; few have addressed healthcare and government. This research tackles these two areas; it seeks to explore how connected health and eGovernment can contribute to building smart cities and improving the lives of citizens. In the healthcare-related section, this study highlights the key role of the following technologies: telecare, ambient assisted living, remote condition monitoring, shared electronic medical records (EMRs), and clinical decision support systems. As for eGovernment, services based on active user involvement, social inclusion, and open government data are expected to gain more traction in the future.
There is no commonly agreed-upon definition of smart cities. However, the various definitions proposed have common elements in terms of technologies used (e.g., energy, information, and communication, green technologies) and output (e.g., transforming our cities into sustainable, safe, and attractive places to live in).
into sustainable, safe, and attractive places to live in).
Smart cities can be also characterised by their abilities to enable interactions between their various systems and networks, to deliver high levels of mobility to their citizens, and to involve various stakeholders in policymaking. In any case, information and communication technologies (ICT) are the key enablers.
Thus far, the focus of smart city studies and projects has been mainly on mobility, energy, and the effective use of resources, and only a few have paid attention to healthcare and government.
This study tackles the above-mentioned areas. It seeks to explore how connected health and eGovernment can contribute to building smart cities.
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