Building a Smarter Health and Wellness Future
OECD-NSF Workshop, Tues., Feb. 15 to Wed., Feb. 16, will explore how
High-speed and mobile applications, connected devices, social networks and related cutting-edge smart technological developments are offering new opportunities for providing health and wellness services. They promise more efficient, effective and less costly healthcare. New technologies also have the potential to address some of the key challenges of the world's aging societies. How do we best capitalize on these and future technologies to realize and even surpass these promises, for the good of recipients and care providers alike? Can we learn to deliver innovative ways of meeting patients' needs for care and support in the context of health systems that are committed to the provision of care but have limited resources?
On Feb. 15-16, 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will assemble policy-makers, leading academics and representatives from private sector organization, including experts from 15 OECD countries, to discuss how new technologies can provide unique and unprecedented opportunities for healthcare in the United States and in other countries throughout the world. Sessions will explore how we may develop an environment and services that can help address the health and wellness challenges of our aging society, stimulating collaboration and innovation on a global scale. The OECD and the NSF will build on discussions at the workshop to identify priorities for an international research and policy agenda.
Specifically, the workshop aims to:
For more detail, review the full agenda.
Journalists interested in attending this invitation-only event must respond to Lisa-Joy Zgorski, firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the close of business on Mon., Feb. 14.
About the OECD. The 34-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) brings together the governments of countries around the world committed to democracy and a free market economy. It promotes sustainable economic growth, employment, higher living standards, financial stability, global economic development and growth in world trade. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the OECD provides a forum for governments to pursue best practices through in-depth comparative policy analysis and to coordinate domestic and international policies. It is committed to "Better Policies for Better Lives."
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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