I’m an e-patient: one of the new breed of patients who are “empowered, equipped, engaged and enabled,” a breed first spotted in the wild by “Doc Tom” Ferguson, founder of http://e-patients.net. Two years ago a routine shoulder x-ray spotted something in my lung; it was metastasized kidney cancer, and it was so far along that my median survival time was 24 weeks.
This kind of news focuses the attention. One rapidly gets very interested in “What’s gonna work? Like, right now??”
The cost of congestion across the U.S. transportation system nears $200 billion each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. What if those dollars could be spent on building a smarter, more efficient system? The results might resemble those in Stockholm, which reduced traffic by 25% and greenhouse gases by 40% working with IBM.
Laura Wynter from IBM Research, discusses how IBM is working to build smarter railways in some of the most complex transit systems in the world, partnering with Netherlands Railways, the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation,and Guanzhou Metro in China to improve the commute of millions of travelers every day.
To learn more, tune in to the Congestion Remedies podcast.
[Editor's note: periodically we will be featuring content from around the world. Below is a post from colleagues in Israel, with a translated version of the "Tale of a Smarter Planet"]
דווקא היום, בעולם מקושר ומרושת יותר מאי-פעם, כאשר משבר בחלקו האחד יכול לגרור משבר בחלקו האחר תוך ימים ואפילו בתוך מספר שעות, בשעה שהמשבר הפיננסי העולמי וההתחממות הגלובלית מאיימים על כולנו – יש לנו הזדמנות ייחודית באמצעות הטכנולוגיות והמערכות המתקדמות שעומדות לרשותנו להפיק ידע תבוני מהררי המידע, ליישם תהליכי עבודה חדשניים ויעילים יותר, לקדם פתרונות של חסכון באנרגיה ושיפור איכות הסביבה ולהפוך את עולמנו לעולם חכם יותר. סיפורו של עולם חכם…
Earlier this week, IBM shared a great deal of information with the world in regard to water. A book was published through our GIO effort, pages of content were published on IBM.com, we had announcements, videos, and more. In recent weeks, while IBM was preparing these materials, I began thinking about what aspect of this broad effort I would focus on for the podcast being released here today. As I worked through the preliminary materials, I was drawn to one particular subject among the many – water purification.
Following is a guest blog from Dr. Lee M. Miringoff and Dr. Barbara L. Carvalho from Marist College. Results of the Marist-IBM study can be found here on ibm.com.
President Obama said this week that education is key to the U.S. regaining its competitiveness. Speaking to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C., he said that four out of 10 jobs will require at least some advanced education. He also pointed to health care reform and adopting energy efficiency processes as critical to the future of our country.
We are going to be spending a lot of time this coming week talking about the most fundamental (and abundant) molecule to life: water. It not only sustains life physiologically, but also factors into all aspects of local and world economies. We’ll have deeper commentary and perspective on the sociological and economic issues around water later in the week. In the meantime, I want to highlight two videos that capture some of the projects working to make water systems smarter and safer. First, comes from a project in Galway Ireland:
If we want to build a Smarter Planet — one where societal systems such as electricity and water distribution, healthcare and even physical infrastructure such as buildings and bridges become networks embedded with sensors and software — there may be no better place to start than with our cities.
Today more than half the world's population lives in cities. By 2050 two-thirds of humanity are expected to be living in and around metropolitan centers. The 19.20.21 project notes that our world has become a network of "supercities."
Cities are a natural starting point for building a Smarter Planet because they are also where multiple infrastructures that we need to become more intelligent come together: transportation and traffic, food supply chains, retail stores and the places where people live and work. Of course, major cities are the nexus of economic, intellectual and social innovation as well.
Following is from Richard Steen, a Healthcare industry consultant from IBM.
The Obama administration’s stimulus program, with $19B in incentives for EMR and HIE adoption, has the potential to provide a real “shot in the arm” to our country’s healthcare IT infrastructure. As barriers to EMR adoption lower, the nation’s health information topography could evolve organically as a virtual “neuro-net” connecting overlapping communities of interest.
Less obvious is the developmental path for governance models that will surely be required to regulate data owners, gatekeepers, custodians, and permitted uses of protected health information.