July 18 Haussmann 11:15 - 12:45 | Wellbeing, Strategy, Stability
From Treatment to Prevention. Health of the Citizens as a Focus of Urban Management
If two hundred years ago one ran a higher risk of dying from an infectious disease, in today’s clean, convenient and technology-savvy cities the primary healthcare risk is dying from a lifestyle disease. Although health care budgets are swelling, it is evident that treatment is much more taxing than timely disease prevention and promotion of healthy living. The cities that understand this make continuous investments in reducing health risks. There is a range of possible strategies: from urban design that fosters active living to technological platforms that collect health data, propagate the importance of disease prevention and health maintenance and anti-epidemic programmes. Being the biggest hub for human capital, the cities need to understand that health care risk management is critical for the sustainable social and economic development and be prepared to take on appropriate health care reforms.
- What changes can we see in the approaches to public healthcare?
- What are the current healthcare risk management practices in big cities?
- How can design help create healthy urban environment?
- How does the city employ smart technology to monitor public health?