Case studies relevant for smart solution: Tele-medicine

Estonia has a completely digitalised healthcare system optimised by e-service delivery, saving costs and providing widespread access to quality healthcare.

Lamu, a small city in Kenya, had been experiencing a severe lack of health experts and the public healthcare system was inefficient and low quality. Citizens often had to travel long distances (a time consuming and expensive process) to get proper care, which led to frequent delays in diagnosis and treatment and, consequently, citizens’ health condition worsened.

The capital of Russia has been increasingly recognised at international level for its smart city efforts. Besides the free and extensive Wi-Fi network that citizens can access in the public transportation system or using one of the 1,100 public hotspots throughout the city, 99% of Moscow’s territory is covered by 4G and smartphone penetration rate is 65%.

Helsinki is one of the cities that is part of the 6City Strategy of Finland (along with the five other largest Finnish cities: Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku, and Oulu), which focuses on achieving a sustainable urban development based on each city's needs and strengths, finding ways to collaborate in more concrete terms. The strategy is part of the implementation of Finland’s Structural Fund Programme for Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014–2020.

Singapore aims to become a Smart Nation, based on digital technology that improves the quality of life of its inhabitants, addressing a wide range of societal challenges. “Smart Nation is about creating new opportunities in a digital age, and transforming the way people live, work and play, so that Singapore remains an outstanding global city.”