Moscow ranks in top 50 innovative cities in the world

Moscow ranks in top 50 innovative cities in the world
Experts are impressed by Moscow’s achievements in the use of information technology.

Moscow has improved its standing in the Innovation Cities Global Index, rising from 74th place in 2012 to 45th in 2016, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor and Moscow Government Yevgeny Kozlov said at the BRICS+ City Lab II conference titled Adaptive and Transforming Megacity Governance.

“In the next few years, we will introduce new municipal services, including in education and healthcare. For example, our doctors physically write their entries into case histories. Within two years, we will create a cloud storage system for case histories and electronic prescriptions,” Kozlov said.

Modernisation has reached into all spheres of urban life, from healthcare and education to the housing and utility sector and construction. The future priorities include the creation of a unified information and communication medium that will comprise all smart elements, as well as support for innovative companies. The use of information technology will enhance the effectiveness of megacity governance and will greatly improve connectivity between the authorities and people.

Muscovites are contributing to municipal decision-making through access to a number of mobile applications, such as Active Citizen, which was launched in 2014 and currently has over 1.3 million registered users. Thanks to polls held on this website, over a dozen new bus routes have been created, designs for the Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino metro stations have been selected and a list of streets has been approved for the My Street improvement project.

One more impressive example of IT benefits is the Unified Medical Information Analysis System (UMIAS). Over 660 medical facilities and over 21,000 medical personnel have been connected to it. The system was launched in 2011 by the joint efforts of the city’s Information Technology and Healthcare departments. UMIAS contains integrated outpatient case histories and is good for managing patient flow and keeping patient-specific records. The system can be used to find the nearest outpatient clinic, to make or change an appointment online, to receive a doctor’s certificate, and much more. The system collects and analyses the data on appointments, the demand for specialists and their load, and the waiting time.

The BRICS+ City Lab II conference titled Adaptive and Transforming Megacity Governance has convened members of the BRICS City Lab, an international research community of experts and representatives of the BRICS member states’ authorities. The conference is being held on 7 to 9 December at the Moscow Metropolitan Governance University under the Moscow Government.

The BRICS City Lab’s goals are to boost urban labs searching for or creating solutions to current urban challenges and to promote cooperation between megacities in BRICS and other medium income countries (BRICS+).