At SCREENS 2012, Dr. Sara Diamond talked about a new Ontario mobile policy report she and Dr. Vera Roberts started called Taking Ontario Mobile. The report examines the benefits of mobile technologies for Ontarians as they work, learn, play and shop. After extensive research the report began focusing on several different services such as education, healthcare and government. By incorporating mobile technology into these sectors it can give Ontarians access to a 24/7, personalized context and location aware lifestyle with increased productivity in the delivery of services, financial transaction and support for students.
With the collaborative efforts of each sector, a report like this could greatly affect the way we go about our daily lives. Embracing this technological change and enhancing research capabilities not only helps residents, it helps the entire province stay competitive, connected and opens up more technological advancements in the future. Here are some of the benefits:
- Mobile in education can change the way we learn, paving the way to more eLearning possibilities and keeping students engaged in a mobile, connected environment.
- Mobile in healthcare enables a move from acute-focused care to community and preventative care for Ontario residents in order to make healthcare services more public and efficient.
- Mobility in government can extend government e-services through mobile-optimized web sites and become more fast and efficient while still maintaining privacy.
A more mobile Ontario could be a real benefit, so the fact that this report policy is already on its way is inspiring, and paves the way to so much more. If you want to learn more about Dr. Sara Diamond you can follow her on Twitter @codezebra.