December 10, 2015 | Written by: Riz Khaliq
Categorized: Social Programs
For first time in modern history, most governments around the world have an opportunity to engage citizens at an individual level. The proactive adaption of mobile and social technologies is creating plethora of data that can be harvested to improve citizen centric services leading to improved economic vitality. The expectation of citizens to engage with governments though the same channels as they do in the private lives, such banking and retail services with challenge government in new ways.
Healthcare costs weigh heavily on governments around the world and directly threaten the economic vitality of cities and nations alike. The World Health Organization suggests that social and economic factors account for 15-40% of the variance of health over time, implying that well planned social programs can improve health and reduce healthcare cost. Also, without Social Security benefits, more than 40 percent of Americans aged 65 and older would have incomes below the federal poverty line, all else being equal. With Social Security benefits, less than one-tenth of the elderly do. These statistics indicate the importance of providing integrated care and effective social programs to citizens and sustaining them in the long-run to help citizens lead a comfortable life and have economies that will thrive and grow in the longer term.
Please join us for the CrowdChat on December 15th at 12 PM ET. You are invited to share your insights on Integrated Care in health coordination and social programs.
You would be contributing to the conversation remotely with Ester Sarquella (@estersarquella), Member of the ‘Health and Social Integrated Care Plan’ in Catalonia and IBM Global Health and Social Programs Leader Paul Dommel (@pauldommel). The conversation will be moderated from @IBMGovernment.
This is your opportunity to share insights and connect with thought leaders over topics like:
- What are the potential benefits of integrated care for organizations?
- Does integrated care have a role in the economic health and vitality of communities?
- What is the role of technology in enabling new models of care?
Please mark your calendars and, on December 15th at 12 PM ET, join the hour-long #EconomicVitality Crowdchat.