Governments are moving towards preventing illnesses, rather than just reacting with treatment.

The concept of population healthcare looks at how citizens can be kept out of hospitals. Health success is tracked on this outcome and costs are lower. A whitepaper by Microsoft shows how governments can achieve this.

Healthcare staff are assigned with responsibility for a certain group of the population. This requires monitoring aspects of their personal lives, like diet and exercise, but also the quality of the environment they live in.

This kind of insight requires bringing together a number of different analytics systems, together with sensors and social networks, to understand the overall situation.

If you are keen to hear more from Microsoft on preventive healthcare, download the full whitepaper below.

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