According to the World Health Organisation a healthy city is defined by a process, not an outcome.
- A healthy city is not one that has achieved a particular health status. It is conscious of health and striving to improve it. Thus any city can be a healthy city, regardless of its current health status.
- The requirements are: a commitment to health and a process and structure to achieve it
- A healthy city is one that continually creates and improves its physical and social environments and expands the community resources that enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.
- WHO/Europe recommends a basic model for a healthy city.
We at the eHealth Forum want to facilitate a higher inclusion of technological solutions that will help our cities achieve the goals set by WHO. The Hellenic Healthy Cities Network (EDDYPPY) already has over 170 cities included in the WHO initiative. We want to expand the effects on our regional areas, municipalities and the State by educating on digital health and its impact on everyday lives.
We are involving city authorities in the Hackathon Education Challenges; they will have to respond with issues that are relevant to their region and need technological solutions. We are empowering developers, students and academic staff to get involved with the local issues to develop innovative ideas. We are bringing together the Health IT companies and the officials to discover how they can implement solutions for primary care and telehealth monitoring while staying relevant, protecting citizens’ health data and working within the scopes of sustainability and scalability.