Governments seek to reduce the care costs for the chronically ill

17 April 2013 | Flavio Calonge , Health and Social Services Industry Director for Microsoft Latin America and the Caribbean
​Within health, one of the areas of highest impact in the cost is the care of chronically ill patients. And when we talk about public health, this cost is enormous. Both Governments and health insurers are always in the search for best practices and solutions to better track the chronically ill and what I've seen so far, the best way is to do it proactively. For example, a patient with hypertension who stops taking their $1 pill, can end up in a hospital Triage and cost the system between $500 to $1000 and that multiplied by the number of them, the costs skyrocket.
 
As a reference, in Spain, chronic patients, who account for 20% of the general population, concentrated more than 70% of health spending and more than 40% of them receive treatment for multiple diseases. If this is extrapolated to each of the countries of the Latin American region, we have that health institutions are spending more than they should.
 
Today, there are good examples in the region of Governments seeking (Ecuador, for example) improved efficiency in the use of scarce resources to better serve and more patients. One of the solutions that I am aware of is Cronix (www.cronix.com.ec) with the product Galenix as a good alternative to help public hospitals to reduce this huge expenditure, and often unnecessary for the chronically ill.
 
In the health market there are many solutions on smartphones and applications in Windows 8, already are attacking this problem. Although these solutions need more control.
 
The concept is thought provoking…what makes more sense? Controllable solutions with clear structure and scalability, applications where the patient takes a more relevant role or a combination of both?
Flavio Calonge
Health and Social Services Industry Director for Microsoft Latin America and the Caribbean

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Flavio Calonge | Health and Social Services Industry Director for Microsoft Latin America and the Caribbean

Flavio Calonge is the Health and Social Services Industry Director for Microsoft Latin America and the Caribbean under the Public Sector segment and he is the strategist behind Latin America and the Caribbean Government vertical. Read more