In my last blog I discussed how Microsoft CityNext can help cities support the advancement of healthier outcomes for their citizens through a people-first approach to innovation. Through CityNext, Microsoft and its global ecosystem of partners offer tools that help tackle issues of personal and public health, social services and well-being in an integrated context and cut across a city’s diverse set of services, policies, and processes.

Today, I’m excited to share some examples of CityNext health and social services solutions. Here are five great apps that are helping to address the needs of urban populations and improve citizens’ health and well-being: eRedbook is an online health record in which health professionals and parents can log a child’s health information from birth (growth, vaccinations, checkups, episodes, etc.). Parents can also use it to check test results, jot down notes and questions for their health professional, and receive email appointment reminders. It’s a great tool to help parents be more engaged in managing their child’s health. Care Optimizer, a cloud-based app offered by Capgemini, provides real-time information so case managers in Sweden can better allocate time and resources to respond more efficiently to citizens’ care needs. It’s used to assess health needs such as general nursing and special care, time spent on care activities, and quality of care to support better outcomes in social services. MedCitas is a Windows 8 app for appointment management developed by Netboss and being used in Santander, Spain, as part of its journey toward becoming a healthier city. People can use MedCitas to find available doctors near them, book office visits, and provide feedback on health services—all from their Windows 8 devices. Ascribe eHandover, a clinician-designed handover solution, helps ensure that all patient handover activity—between locations in a hospital or between shifts, for example—is fully tracked and audited. Not only does this help clinicians prioritize patient needs and reduce information loss and replication, but audit information from eHandover can be used as an education source to improve care and patient outcomes. J&J Digital Health Scorecard is an application that helps people understand their likelihood of developing common chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart or respiratory diseases, or cancer. It provides a personal health risk factor score based on a person’s answers to seven key questions. Information from the app can be shared with health professionals to identify ways to reduce risk factors through lifestyle changes, treatments, and community-based support resources.

Tools like these help cities take advantage of the vital opportunities offered by today’s mobile, cloud, and big data technologies to improve health in more ways and places. Over the coming months, we’ll continue to share examples of how Microsoft CityNext solutions—based on familiar, secure Microsoft software, services and devices that provide high-value experiences—can help in these efforts. So check back here often and I look forward to continuing the conversation on moving cities and health forward through a people-first, holistic approach to innovation.