Smart Cities, Smart Health! IoT, SDoH, AI, 5G, VR, AR, Sensors, Robotics & Participatory Design


This week's Health Systems Chat in Social VR is about Smart Cities & Smart Health, and coincides with the COSI Science Festival! Please join us in Smartoon City, floating 500 feet above the Scioto River (via a 360 aerial photo of downtown Columbus Ohio), to discuss technologies making cities smarter and healthier. For inspiration, we'll draw on three sources, two conferences co-occurring this week, plus Columbus being a "smart city" (Smart Columbus), winning a national competition for $50 million of investment. The conferences are Clinical Informatics in Atlanta and The Smart Conference in Florida. We'll tour posters in shared virtual reality while chatting about (draw breath), Social-Determinants-of-Health (SDoH), public health informatics, population management, Internet-of-Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, 5G cellular communication, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, and participatory citizen design.

Do you live in a smart city? Implications for citizen health? Come & share!

Definitions and links:

A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use these data to manage assets and resources efficiently. (Wikipedia)

Tour the Smartoon City venue!


A smart city efficiently uses physical infrastructure thru AI & data analytics to support economic, social, cultural development. Involves citizens in governance & decisions thru open innovation processes, participation & co-design. Learns, adapts, innovates & responds effectively & promptly to changing circumstances thru improved city intelligence.

Clinical informatics is the study of information technology and how it can be applied to healthcare, implementing team-based, integrated healthcare driven by data, evidence, and best practice.

The Smart Conference: 1st International Conference on Smart Tourism, Smart Cities and Enabling Technology

Smart Conference Program

Clinical Informatics Conference

Smart Columbus

If you have a VR headset, checkout this immersive 360 video about smart cities.

Here's lots of reading material.

Urban Informatics

Smart Cities Aren’t Just IoT, But Also Opioid Response, Transit, Streets, & People

Smart city - Wikipedia

Smart tourism - Wikipedia

The Next Great Smart City Challenge: Public Health

How Smart Cities are Making their Citizens Healthier

Tomorrow’s Smart Cities Will Take On the Social Determinants of Health

Smart Cities Improve The Health Of Their Citizens

Smart healthcare in smart cities: Personal IoT-based health monitoring devices will change the way we track the health of individuals

Using Smart City Technology to Make Healthcare Smarter

Smart Healthcare Solutions for Smart Cities

How do we design smart cities to ensure the health of its citizens?

Augmented reality applications in smart cities

Smart Cities Council | Six ways augmented reality can help you see more clearly

Smart cities and augmented reality: is it set to become a reality?

How Cities Can (Realistically) Use AR and VR

Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo

Smart Cities: An Overview of the Technology Trends Driving Smart Cities

The Technologies Building The Smart Cities of The Future

Top 10 Smart City Trends for 2019

The Anatomy of a Smart City: Health and the Smart City

How Smart Cities are Making their Citizens Healthier

Geo Life: Integration of Health, IT and the Smart City with GIS

Smart Cities, Healthy People: Community Development that Builds Social Capital

Chicago entrepreneur building Smart Columbus prenatal trip app - Columbus Business First

Projects | SmartColumbus

Sensor-Based Datasets for Human Activity Recognition –A Systematic Review of Literature

Software Platforms for Smart Cities: Concepts, Requirements, Challenges, and a Unified Reference Architecture

Infographic: The Anatomy of a Smart City

HuMAn: Complex Activity Recognition with Multi-modal Multi-positional Body Sensing (presented at Smart Conference)

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