Carlos Slim Foundation's CASASALUD Healthcare Program Could be Model for US
Justin O'Connell - Mexico News Daily
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May 14, 2015

Instituto Carlos Slim de la Salud (ICSS)

The United States can learn a lot from recent initiatives in Mexico’s healthcare industry, including one by the Carlos Slim Foundation, which puts information into the individual’s hands.

Nearly 12% of Mexican adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, while 60% of the population is either overweight or obese, with the prevalence of other chronic diseases increasing rapidly throughout the country.

In response, the Carlos Slim Foundation founded the CASALUD program aimed at strengthening chronic disease prevention and treatment in Mexico, in particular diabetes, using health information technology and mobile health (mHealth) platforms.

As Brookings.Edu opines: “The U.S. can learn from successful programs in Mexico that promote better patient self­ care and clinical management of chronic diseases. Coupled with advances in alternative payment models in the U.S., diabetes programs that offer online patient support and telemedicine for effective disease management could be adopted for high-risk populations.”

CASALUD is a play on the words “casa” (house) and “salud” (health) for the patient-­focused approach to care. CASALUD offers tools and technical systems aimed to re­engineer how primary care is delivered in clinics to keep patients out of the hospital. The tools include mobile screening devices, patient portals, provider education courses, supply chain monitoring, national health statistics and standardized electronic health records.

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