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Bismart and Microsoft recently held a joint event in Barcelona focused on round table discussions in which local government officials, individuals from the private sector, and foundations and organizations participated.

The aim of the event was to discuss the current state of affairs of social services in Catalonia, as well as contribute to the search for a predictive model for interventions to fight energy poverty and improve at-home assistance, especially for senior citizens at risk of social exclusion.

The world is aging rapidly. People above age 60 represent 12.3% of the world population. By 2050, this number will have grown to 22%. Life expectancy has increased thanks to improvements in nutrition, sanitary conditions, health care, education, and economic prosperity.

However, the aging population presents big social and economic challenges. A set of appropriate policies can help individuals, families, and societies better face these challenges. Currently, many local administrations offer assistance or social services using a reactive model, but many older people and families in vulnerable situations don’t even know they can request these services.

That’s why Bismart and Microsoft organized the round table discussions with local government officials, individuals from the private sector, and foundations and organizations could come together to analyze and discuss the challenges, and also potential solutions to these challenges, particularly for families at risk of energy poverty.

Big Data and predictive tools help analyze multiple data sources to identify vulnerability situations of all types in a proactive way. This quick identification will be helpful in areas where social services are required to act so they can anticipate emergency situations – like energy poverty and the need for at-home assistance – and improve people’s quality of life. Our solutions, like Smart Social Home care for Aging Populations, can help shift social services from a palliative approach to a preventative approach. Thanks to Big Data, we’ll change the world,” explained Albert Isern, CEO of Bismart.

At the meeting, Bismart used multiple real-life examples to show how digital transformation can help governments, cities, private companies, and social organizations transform and unleash their full potential using innovative digital services. Digital transformation can help us face new complex social and economic challenges, improve efficiency and people’s quality of life, and help us become better socially integrated, healthy, and sustainable.

However, the conversation doesn’t stop here. Aging populations present a range of complex challenges that we can improve with technology. Come join in to keep the conversation going in our LinkedIn group, “Big Data Saves Lives – Aging Populations” to talk about how we can address these important issues. Feel free to invite your colleagues, too.

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