OGC Health Summit

Contributed by: 
By Dr. Kym Watson, Dept. Head of ‘Information Management and Production Control’ at Fraunhofer IOSB; and Eddie Oldfield, Owner, Spatial Quest Solutions.

 

The well-known and commonly used proverb "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” places health in first place before wealth and wisdom. Indeed, good health is of paramount importance to us all, but achieving it depends on our wisdom and (unfortunately) also often our wealth. 

Achieving good health has widely different meanings and challenges for different sectors of the population in the world. The advanced countries strive to provide economical health care to an increasingly aging population; and people want to stay active and healthy in their own homes as long as possible. Advances in IT and sensor / actuator / robotics technologies present new opportunities here. On the other hand, people in the developing world still suffer from diseases, some neglected by the developed world, exacerbated by lack of access to safe water and sanitation or medical treatment. Moreover, climate and environmental factors have a huge health impact across the world: air and water quality, floods and droughts are just a few prominent examples. These factors impact humans not only directly, but also indirectly through the vectors (insects, animals) transporting bacteria and viruses. In addition, increasing urbanization poses new challenges at the junction of health, environment and the economy.

The complex relationships between health and the environment need to be better understood and integrated into policy and decision making systems for both health authorities and individuals: we must make the stakeholders wise! This is where OGC aims to identify and foster the development of supporting geo-spatial standards.

In this spirit, the OGC Health Summit – held in Dublin on June 21 - will address the following themes with expert participation:

  •  Active and healthy ageing
  •  Sensor Web, IoT, healthy urban environments
  •  Climate health
  •  Updates from OGC / Standards in action

To participate in the Health Summit in Dublin (or by GoToMeeting), please register here: https://portal.opengeospatial.org/public_ogc/register/160621health.php

The OGC Health Summit aims to: 

  1.  convene OGC Health DWG participants, OGC members, other interested stakeholders
  2.  inform how geospatial standards and related technologies can benefit the health domain
  3.  identify requirements for OGC standards, and Interoperability work

Summit outcomes will be outlined in our next blog post, and in a report to the OGC Health Domain Working Group / OGC.  For background information, visit: http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/groups/healthdwg 

By Dr. Kym Watson, Dept. Head of ‘Information Management and Production Control’ at Fraunhofer IOSB; and Eddie Oldfield, Owner, Spatial Quest Solutions.