Smart medical district set for Chicago
March 5, 2019
The Illinois Medical District (IMD), one of the largest health innovation hubs in the USA, and Ignite Cities, a consulting practice developing connected cities through transformed infrastructure and improved city services, have launched a smart medical district in Chicago.
The IMD and Ignite Cities will develop a connected and intelligent way to transform transportation, connectivity and safety throughout the district. The result should enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors, while delivering scalable digital infrastructure and services.
"As more residents and visitors travel throughout the IMD for educational purposes, or to receive the life-saving medical care they need, we recognise our existing city infrastructure needs to evolve," said Suzet McKinney, CEO and executive director of the IMD. "We're excited to partner with Ignite Cities to launch the country's first ever smart district in the IMD, that will enhance the connectivity, efficiency and quality of care throughout the region."
With more than 40 healthcare organisations, four hospitals, two universities and research lab space, the IMD is well positioned to become a world health innovation destination. The IMD leverages these assets to foster economic growth on Chicago's West Side by supporting healthcare, research, programme and technology development initiatives.
For the smart district, the IMD will leverage its private and public partnerships and global technology deployments to provide digital services that trigger new public services across the district.
The IMD is home to two CTA lines and seven bus routes that move 82,000 people throughout the area weekly. Easily accessible via the I-290 highway, the district also boasts protected bike lanes and multiple Divvy stations.
"We believe that by connecting people, devices and services, we will start to resolve district-wide issues and deliver enhanced citizen engagement, transformed infrastructure and responsive digital services," said Reyahd Kazmi, managing director of Ignite Cities. "As a national hub for medicine and innovation, the IMD is the perfect place for Chicago's first smart district."
The district should create revenue share opportunities, sustainable urbanisation, smarter infrastructure, scalable services and transform human engagement. Through the development of public wifi, digital kiosks, transportation and intelligent lighting, the district should enhance the quality of life for citizens.