I’m excited to kick off our CityNext Forum in Tokyo, Japan, today. In my keynote and in the presentations by my colleagues and our customers and partners, we’ll highlight how health and government organizations around the world are digitally transforming and using our trusted cloud as a force for global good to help them address complex challenges.
One of the urgent challenges Japan faces is its aging population. Approximately 30 percent of the population is either 65 or close to it—and that percentage is expected to continue rising rapidly. Add to the equation that 70 percent of the total healthcare costs for an individual occur after age 70 and you can imagine the pressure Japan is under to find ways to take care of all its elderly efficiently and cost-effectively.
Health organizations in Japan and the world over need to meet seemingly infinite needs for health services with finite resources. So they’re digitally transforming to provide better care to more people at lowers costs in new ways. With the power and intelligence of our trusted cloud, they’re engaging their patients to get—and stay—healthy, empowering their care teams to be more productive and collaborate across the health ecosystem, optimizing their clinical and operational effectiveness to drive better diagnoses and treatment—and ultimately transforming the care continuum.
New possibilities for improving care and efficiency are brought about by the capability to connect people and data virtually everywhere with cloud services. And the high-performing computing power of the cloud means more data can analyzed faster than ever and turned into insight care teams can use to enable better health outcomes for individuals and populations.
As Neil Jordan wrote recently, a healthier, more sustainable future for societies depends on scaling the insight and art of medicine. Read his blog to learn about how health organizations are using the cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) to do so—saving babies’ lives and catching preventable eye disease earlier, as just a couple examples.
At Japan CityNext Forum, we’ll also share how governments are digitally transforming to advance their mission. For example, public safety organizations are finding they need the storage and computing power of the cloud to connect and analyze the unprecedented amount of data being collected by body-worn cameras, surveillance video, devices, sensors, people, and more. With cloud solutions, they can gain real-time insight that can help them combat crime and terrorism. And they can scale and pay as they go for the digital resources they need.
As the world undergoes the fourth industrial revolution, health and government organizations need to take advantage of the cloud to digitally transform. But they will only do so if they can use a cloud they can trust. At Microsoft, we’re deeply committed and heavily invested in an end-to-end approach to supporting the privacy, security, compliance, and resilience needs of health and government organizations. Not all clouds are created equal, so check the facts on your key concerns and learn how we earn our customers’ trust in our cloud services for health and for government.
At the Japan CityNext Forum, we look forward to discussing with health and government leaders how we can work together to ensure that the benefits of digital transformation outweigh the risks so we can empower everyone on the planet to achieve more.