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Healthcare Management


Since its revitalization effort began, Rochester has relied on statistics to help with its achievements and to attract new employers and workers. The city has collected a range of statistics to demonstrate its successes, including some of the lowest healthcare costs in the US. These successes include:


• 30 percent lower commercial insurance costs • 21 percent lower Medicare costs


• Savings of more than $490 million over five years from its generic drugs initiative


• Expected savings of $150 million over four years from a community initiative to reduce emergency room use and to avoid preventable hospital admissions


• An award of one of the largest US government grants ever received: $26 million to save $48 million with preventive care measures


Cities, communities and regions can gain significantly from making health and wellness of individuals and the population a cornerstone of their economic development. Getting started can be as easy as instituting some or all of the programs and services that are presented in this paper. All of these initiatives can help improve the overall health and productivity of citizens, attract new businesses and workers, increase employment and achieve other economic and social advantages.


The technology infrastructures that cities and communities can use to create smarter healthier cities include:


IBM: Your partner for smarter, healthier cities, communities and regions


The transformation to smarter, healthier communities begins with the vision, leadership and governance of city and community leaders. To improve individual health, population health and overall productivity, these leaders should provide a technology infrastructure that has societal impact and enables economic prosperity and financial sustainability. The transformation can be successful with the support and collaboration of regional business, education, health and government stakeholders who are also committed to the journey to becoming smarter and healthier.


IBM solutions and services can help cities more easily determine which programs might impact the health of their citizens most (environmental, behavioral, access to health and social program services), so they can better focus their strategy and investments to achieve outcomes that matter.


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• Flexible, secure information-sharing infrastructure that provides the right information at the right time • Complete views of individual health and social context information to ensure the service provider ecosystem can efficiently connect services to needs • Protection for data privacy, security and integrity • Social business applications that enable the creation of information portals and community sites, wellness competitions, games to enhance fitness, interactive guides to parks and recreation and more


• Big data technologies that support large volumes, wide varieties and high velocities


• Advanced analytics that enable real-time predictions and insight for better decision making


IBM has the expertise and technology to help communities with their journey. With insights gained from more than 2,000 Smarter Cities and 3,000 healthcare transformation projects worldwide, IBM can help cities and communities of all sizes become smarter and healthier.


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