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eHealth in Chile - Statistics & Facts

A year after the initial, intense protests responding to an increase in living costs and general inequality, people in Chile once again gathered in the streets in late 2020. This time, however, they came together to celebrate the winning voting results to rewrite their constitution in hopes of improvement for, among other things, the recognition of Indigenous people, education, pensions, and healthcare. Despite this political victory, the year 2020 also brought a newly found wave of distress to Chile, along with the rest of the world, with the COVID-19 pandemic. The dark cloud of the virus has, however, had a few silver linings, including the heightened interest in eHealth. In general, eHealth is an umbrella term that is used to describe a vast range of technologies and services combining healthcare with electronic processes, most notably the internet. As both internet subscriptions and social health insurance coverage in Chile have increased during the past decade, eHealth is afforded much of the means necessary to flourish in the South American country.

Chilean healthtech startups

As of August 2020, the healthcare and biotech industry made up six percent of the Latin American startup market, placing it rather far behind fintech, yet only trailing after e-commerce by one percent. As of 2021, Chile was home to 21 healthtech startups, consisting of 12 healthcare, six biotechnology, and three medtech businesses. Of this startup ecosystem, Pharol SpA, an online pharmaceutical marketplace, has raised the highest amount of funds during this time, receiving approximately a half million U.S. dollars in venture capital investments.

Online consultations

As the COVID-19 outbreak forced most of the world to change their daily routines, the benefits of eHealth suddenly became more compelling. In Chile, three out of four survey respondents stated they intended to participate in medical consultations via the internet, along with 60 percent of them considering online stress and mental health counseling. Such intentions quickly turned into reality as the number of telemedicine appointments in the country skyrocketed from only 133 in March of 2020 to an estimated 130 thousand just five months later. During the first three months of that period, nearly one third of the telemedicine appointments conducted in Chile were general medicine consultations, making it the most demanded specialization for eHealth sessions in the South American country.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 25 most important statistics relating to "eHealth in Chile".


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