Chronic disease

Chronic, non-communicable diseases are the number one cause of death and disability in the world. Chronic diseases refers to a group of conditions that are not primarily  caused by an acute infection, result in long-term health consequences and often create a need for long-term treatment and care. In Australia the direct financial cost of four of the main chronic diseases is over $25 billion and the overall economic cost is over $200 billion.

In Australia, there are three separate populations of patients with chronic disease:

Patients can progress from one population to another over time.  It is important to anticipate who will become high cost and complex so that measures can be put in place to avoid hospitalisation.

A key risk factor in the exacerbation of chronic disease is poor health behaviour, in particular:

Another key risk factor is socio-economic status, with people of low socio-economic status being more likely to develop a greater number of chronic diseases of greater severity.

An important contribution can be made to the management of chronic disease if the following was provided:

Optias Mobile Health

The following diagram is an illustration of the Optias Health System and Analytics Engine, known as Optias Mobile Health.  

 Optias Mobile Health

 Optias Mobile Health will deliver the mobile health services required to support chronic disease care plans through: