The Thai branch of Japanese IT and electronics company NEC is helping to transform Chiang Mai, the city north of Bangkok and the second largest city in Thailand, into a smart city by digitizing work for the first time. provides care for the elderly and chronically ill patients.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
The City of Chiang Mai and NEC Thailand recently signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of smart city solutions, including smart hospital technologies to support the delivery of senior care services. year old.
The first phase of the project involves the deployment of IoT devices in participating healthcare facilities and an app for caregivers and families that provides alerts about unusual health conditions of the patient.
In the second phase, a cloud-based application that allows remote health monitoring, as well as the management of appointments and medication requests, will be deployed.
In the final phase, NEC will enable telemedicine services to allow patients to receive diagnosis and consultation with their home physician.
Over the past two decades, Thailand has been seen as an aging society, with elderly people aged 60 and over making up one-tenth of the population. Their number is predicted to continue to increase and make up about 30% of the population by 2040.
NEC Thailand is helping local governments prepare for the impact of an aging population, especially an increase in healthcare demand, by digitizing care delivery for the elderly.
It’s the first time trying out Mimamori (meaning “watch and protect” in Japanese) with a nursing home in Chiang Mai last year. It features online care plan management to digitize paper records; a mobile application that notifies the family of changes in the patient’s condition; a medical alert system consisting of NEC’s 4D fall detection sensors installed in bedrooms and bathrooms. The results from the test showed a significant increase in employee efficiency and effectiveness, improved employee satisfaction, as well as a 70% reduction in paper waste.
“Thailand needs to develop its health care system to manage the effects of its aging population and we are delighted to take the first step together with the local government to develop the economy,” NEC said. digital health platform in three key phases for patients in Chiang Mai”. Thai President Ichiro Kurihara.
“With the digital platform for Chiang Mai’s healthcare system in phase one, we aim to increase access to quality medical services and improve people’s overall health. “, he added.