Microsoft and its partners are helping to make a difference and bring a host of advantages to the healthcare industry in Latin America.
A number of healthcare organisations in the region are using the power of the cloud to provide better care for people, at a lower cost.
In Colombia, a cloud-based electronic medical record system called Health iCloud is being used to help improve access to high-quality care, particularly for citizens living in rural areas with limited health resources.
Developed by Microsoft partner Innana and powered by Microsoft Azure, the system is connecting health organisations across Colombia, enabling them to share patient information and expertise.
“Health iCloud enables health professionals from around the country to share patient histories and lab reports, track appointments and referrals, collaborate on best practices, and cohesively manage a patient’s care,” said Francisco Sapori Jr, health industry director for Latin America at Microsoft. “It’s a great example of how health systems can use the cloud to improve care access and quality cost-effectively.”
In Brazil, the country’s health ministry has implemented a cloud-based patient record system for the citizens of Rio de Janeiro.
More than a million patient records were digitised in a matter of months with VitaHisCare, a solution from Health Innovation Systems which was based on Microsoft technologies.
Citizens are now able to access their own health record on an anywhere, anytime basis, and provides the same access for authorised health professionals. This is particularly important in Rio de Janeiro, where 75% of citizens don’t have a practitioner and rely on clinics and emergency rooms in times of need.
“The cloud-based health record system is being used by community agents to gather the health status of people in areas of Rio de Janeiro where citizens often weren’t receiving healthcare at all,” said Sapori. “Information about pregnant women, people with chronic conditions, and children’s health, for example, is being used to create targeted outreach programs to make sure those populations are receiving appropriate medical services and information.”
Sapori added: “To achieve the triple aim of increased care quality and access at lower costs means not only digitising existing information and processes in healthcare, but using modern technologies to enable entirely new ways of doing things. It’s exciting to see how health systems in Latin America are doing just that.”
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