Tomorrow’s Smart Cities Will Take On the Social Determinants of Health

Originally published on Digi.City

Not all is well in the Smart City.

As a health innovation junkie, I began researching Smart Cities last summer, and I was dismayed to find a glaring absence of discussion related to healthcare payment and delivery, public health, or urban health equity. On the one hand, this is understandable: Healthcare has been the political hot potato of our era, a fully-loaded issue that most businesses haven’t wanted to touch for the last few years.

It goes deeper than politics. The regulatory complexity of coverage, access, and benefits administration at a population level, combined with state by state variability in policy and structure make scalability a tough nut to crack for would-be suppliers and vendors.

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