We just announced the findings of our major Urban E-health Project, which is part of a Task Force looking at the potential impact of e-health technology in the world’s poorest urban areas.
The findings mark the end of an 18-month long pilot project that we ran in Santa Marta, an underserved community in Rio de Janeiro.
Our study reveals that integration of e-health technology into the healthcare system of underserved urban areas, such as Santa Marta, can lead to:
- Major economic savings for the health system as a whole
- Increased efficiency for healthcare workers
- Better access to vital healthcare for patients who need it most
- Increased satisfaction among patients and health professionals
Our Executive Director Mathieu Lefevre said: “The transformative potential of urban e-health is huge. At a time when the global urban population is aging rapidly and going through a shift from communicable to chronic diseases, our project shows the great potential benefits that e-health technology can bring to urban healthcare globally. We’re excited to have led this pioneering project which, we hope, will be replicated in other cities.”
We ran this pioneering project alongside the Municipality of Rio, and GE, one of our Founding Members. The State University of Rio de Janeiro collected the data and conducted the analysis for the study, and we received further support from Cisco, also a Founding Member.
This project is part of our overall mission to create innovative solutions to the most pressing urban challenges – solutions that can be scaled and replicated in cities worldwide.
Find out about the 5-minute documentary we’re making on this project
See more photos of the E-health Task Force