Neighborhood Spotlight: Illinois Medical District Becomes Country’s First “Smart” Medical District

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At Scio at the Medical District, we strive to live smarter. Our name itself is derived from the latin phrase “to know,” an ode to the surrounding area we call home.

As with any luxury apartment community, our philosophy continues to evolve over time, allowing us to stay ahead of the curve.

The same is true for the Illinois Medical District, our home in the heart of one of the world’s most admired cities. IMD offers partners a unique ecosystem of knowledge, collaboration, and resources, plus something more: the opportunity to impact the world’s next great district for healthcare innovation.

“Together, IMD partners accelerate discovery and commercialization that is reshaping the practice of medicine, generating prosperity for everyone,” their web site reads.

Earlier this year, their practices came to life in a new way through an innovative partnership with IGNITE CITIES, a global consulting practice developing connected cities through transformed infrastructure and improved city services.

The team announced in February the launch of the country’s first Smart Medical District, by developing an integrated solution to transform transportation, connectivity and safety throughout the District.  

The result will enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors, while delivering scalable digital infrastructure and services, a news release explained.

A need to evolve

“As more residents and visitors travel throughout the IMD for educational purposes, or to receive the life-saving medical care they need, we recognize our existing city infrastructure needs to evolve,” said Dr. Suzet McKinney, CEO and Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District. “We’re excited to partner with IGNITE CITIES to launch the country’s first ever Smart District in the IMD, that will enhance the connectivity, efficiency and quality of care throughout the region.”

With more than 40 healthcare organizations, four world class hospitals, two universities and research lab space, the IMD is well-positioned to become the world’s next great health innovation destination, the release said. The IMD leverages these assets to foster economic growth on Chicago’s West Side by supporting healthcare, research, program and technology development initiatives.

As the country’s first Smart District, the IMD will leverage its private and public partnerships and proven global technology deployments to provide digital services that trigger new public services across the district, the release said.

The IMD is home to two CTA lines and seven bus routes that move 82,000 people throughout the area weekly. Easily accessible via the I-290 highway, the District also boasts protected bike lanes and multiple Divvy stations.

IMD is a ‘medical hub’ of innovation

“We believe that by connecting people, devices and services, we will start to resolve district-wide issues and deliver enhanced citizen engagement, transformed infrastructure and responsive digital services,” said Reyahd Kazmi, managing director of IGNITE CITIES. “As a national hub for medicine and innovation, the IMD is the perfect place for Chicago’s first Smart District.”

The IMD Smart District will create new revenue share opportunities, sustainable urbanization, smarter infrastructure, scalable services and transform human engagement, the release said.

Through the development of public wi-fi, digital kiosks, transportation and intelligent lighting, the IMD Smart District will enhance the quality of life for citizens throughout the District.

Start living smarter at Scio at the Medical District

All of which sounds pretty fantastic to the staff at Scio, who aim to offer our residents the best luxury living experience possible.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, call (312) 427-1855 or visit us online.


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