Using the cloud to improve health care systems in Latin America

Feb 22, 2016   |   Thomas Kohnstamm

The cloud offers a great opportunity to Latin America and other areas of the world where health care systems have lagged behind in technology investment.

Cloud solutions help providers to leapfrog from traditional records-keeping right to modern IT solutions and, thereby, deliver better care to more people at lower costs.

For example, Colombia’s Health iCloud, powered by Microsoft Azure, is a cloud-based information system connecting health organizations across the country. It allows health systems to share expertise and patient information, and increases access to high-quality care, especially for citizens in rural regions where healthcare resources are limited.

Similarly, the Brazilian health ministry implemented a cloud-based patient record system to improve population health in Rio de Janeiro. More than 1 million patient records were digitized in a matter of months with a Microsoft-based solution called VitaHisCare. Now patients and doctors have 24/7 access to medical records, and the ministry is gathering health data on citizens who weren’t receiving care at all.

Read more on the Microsoft Enterprise blog.

Thomas Kohnstamm
Microsoft News Center Staff