Khon Kaen Smart Health Project will be Completed in 2019
Khon Kaen Smart Health Project will be Completed in 2019
Khon Kaen province has been recognised as one of the "smartest" in Thailand.
A few years ago, local businesses, government agencies and educational institutes teamed up to develop the Khon Kaen Smart City masterplan and guide the city into a digital future.
Today the efforts are reaping results.
Just last month, IDC Thailand named the city as having the most outstanding smart-city project in APAC ex Japan, alongside Phuket. The winning projects, Khon Kaen Smart Health and Phuket Smart Tourism and Living Communities won under the “Public Health and Social Services” and “Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture and Open Spaces” categories at the 2018 IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards.
"We will optimise a privilege tax on the digital and bio-economy to encourage the development of all new initiatives, which will support the city becoming a smart city and finally to be the global city," said its governor Somsak Jungtrakal.
An integrated smart healthcare model in Khon Kaen city has also emerged.
Comprising of three components – smart ambulance, preventive healthcare service, blockchain & analytics – this Smart Health project is driven by local healthcare service providers and universities.
The first component is a smart ambulance that utilises teleconference, IoT, and robotics technology to increase emergency dispatch operation efficiency. The alerts will be triggered from smart devices that the patient owns, and the smart ambulance service will be dispatched. This enables initial diagnostic work and emergency treatment to be administered before the patients even arrive at the hospital.
When the patient has been admitted, Smart ICU is the predictive tool that is being developed to alert medical personal before a patient’s condition deteriorates. The system integrates data from respirators and other monitors, and analyzes using cloud AI tools. Take for example the desaturation of blood oxygenation – this system can predict 10 minutes ahead of desaturation occurrence.
The next component is preventive healthcare service. This project started in mid-2018 in suburban areas, targeting elderly citizens. Leveraging wearable devices and smart home solution to collect citizen’s health data and provide health guidance, this service aims to overcome the challenges brought about by the silver tsunami by using affordable technology and existing infrastructure.
Preliminary data from 30 elderly subjects revealed the acceptability of smart wrist band. Additional devices in the project include ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, self-monitoring glucometer, accelerometer, and static dining table camera.
The third component uses blockchain and big data analytics to develop a medical data-sharing platform that can be accessed by both public and private healthcare service providers. Big data from this project and electronic medical record from healthcare providers will lead to health analytics and prediction by machine learning in the future. Personal health data from participating providers can also be exchanged using the secure “Blockchain” platform leading to enhanced point-of-care information.
This third component will be fully operational by the end of 2019.
Cholatip Pongskul, Associate Dean for Information Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University will be speaking about the Smart Health Project and the university’s plans to develop a medical hub project at the upcoming HIMSS AsiaPac18 Conference and Exhibition.
A version of this story first appeared on The Nation.
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