The U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP) is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and our embassies in the region to increase resiliency of local health care infrastructure as part of the U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures initiative. An initial grant will go to Cambodia for medical records digitization in three ASCN cities.

Leveraging Technology to Upgrade Cambodian Cities Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of strengthening the local health care infrastructure to expand access to services for all urban residents and build system resiliency. USASCP is working across sectors with U.S. government partners, nonprofits, and local businesses to improve the identification of health risks and employ the use of technology to better capture medical data for policymakers and practitioners.  

The objective of leveraging technology to upgrade healthcare in Cambodian cities involves the digitization of medical records and histories in hospitals in three ASEAN Smart Cities Network – Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap. The $100,000 grant to a women-owned technology business has resulted to date in the digitization of 63,300 medical records, 785 staff trained, and 19 hospitals engaged in the target cities.

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Strengthening Health Systems for COVID-19  Comorbidities 

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of strengthening the local health care infrastructure to expand access to services for all urban residents and build system resiliency. USASCP is working across sectors with U.S. government partners, nonprofits, and local businesses to improve the identification of health risks and employ technology to better capture medical data for policymakers and practitioners. 

The objective of strengthening health systems for COVID-19 comorbidities is to undertake a multi-city blood pressure monitoring campaign throughout the ASEAN region to strengthen local health systems. Specifically, by raising awareness and informing efforts to identify at-risk individuals with COVID-19 comorbidities. The collection of sub-national health data and correlation with air pollution data will help support policy and practice actions. 

The blood pressure campaign (known as May Measurement Month- MMM) was conducted May-November 2021 and included blood pressure measurements and atrial fibrillation screening. Participation includes cities in Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. Also, an air pollution analysis, involving Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, and 10 sites in Thailand is cross tabulating the health metrics with retrospective pollution and meteorological data to identify enhanced medical risks. 

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