The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and IBM joined hands on Thursday to work towards improving health facilities provided by the civic body in the city. Part of the corporate social responsibility,Pune and Ahmedabad are the only two cities in the country to bag the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant,which would enable six of IBMs senior executives to provide their expertise in analysing the existing services of the civic bodies and give recommendations to the administration.
It is a good initiative by the IBM. They offered services in various fields,but we decided to work jointly for healthcare, said Anup Yadava,additional municipal commissioner. There is no commitment from the PMC,but the recommendations made by IBM will be considered to improve the healthcare facility,he said,adding,We would also look for integration of software in the health department. The PMC is competent enough to provide civic health facilities,but the use of technology will help in improving civic services.
The project will involve experts providing analysis and recommendation to support successful growth,better delivery of municipal services,more citizen engagement and efficiency, said Mamtha Sharma,manager,corporate citizenship and corporate affairs,IBM India.
The initiative will help in preparing a blueprint for a surveillance system to address issues related to health of citizens,she said. Data related to epidemics,hospital facilities,vulnerable population like senior citizens and pregnant women will be collated and through predictive analytics,it will be possible to detect emerging health threats so that proactive action can be taken.
She said the initiative will help civic body understand and prioritise its needs,review strengths and areas of improvement,and learn from the successful strategies used by other cities worldwide. There would be no funding to the civic body under the initiative,but $400,000 swould be spent on expertise involved in the project,Sharma said.
The IBM team will work for three weeks with PMC administration in February 2013 and understand the system and programmes of health department,said Omkar Nimbalkar,director,Indian Software Labs of IBM for Pune.