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Holistic solutions to healthcare and education issues 

New approaches to healthcare and education were a key focus of today’s agenda at the World Economic Forum Annual Summit in Davos.


Health and healthcare systems

Tweets from WEF 2014 participants on the topic of healthcare (#healthcare) - a key topic on this year's agenda - reflect a desire to restart healthcare discussions. Participants have articulated a new vision of healthcare as a central component of a healthy society, inextricable from business, technological and economic matters.


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Social media conversations have aimed at improving health (#health) via an assortment of approaches: investment from business in the well-being of their employees, integration of big data (#bigdata) with healthcare services, reduction of economic inequality (#incomegap) and development of infrastructure to improve living conditions.


Mirroring findings of a recent KPMG report, Necessity: the mother of innovation, there appears to be little appetite among WEF 2104 participants for continued investment in existing (costly) healthcare systems, especially in developing nations with a booming middle class.


"Providers in India must now become more consumer-focused, more commercial and better able to develop models that respond to different levels of willingness to pay among the populations they serve."


Amit Mookim Partner, KPMG in India

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Education and business solving youth unemployment

Like healthcare, education (#education) is appearing as an increasingly transformative issue to WEF 2014 participants. Social media conversations about education have been more pointed, with an emphasis on business to support practical learning and skill development.


WEF participants linked youth unemployment (#youthunemployment) to educational matters. In particular, the development of dual education systems, supported financially by public and private funds, combining study and work experience that businesses and governments will recognize to fill skill and experience gaps in the existing workforce.


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To view the conversations from WEF participants, and the world, on Twitter, visit WEFLIVE.com.

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Necessity: the mother of innovation

Necessity: the mother of innovation
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