The Benefits of Outsourcing Healthcare Software Development in Argentina

Gretchen Kalthoff

Gretchen Kalthoff

Posted on October 08, 2015

Nearshore Americas’ whitepaper “Healthcare Software: The Argentine Advantage” highlights many benefits that Argentina has for outsourcing healthcare software development over its offshore rivals. Here are the key reasons for partnering with a nearshore developer in Argentina:

Leaders in HIT

Argentina has seen significant acceleration in its IT industry, which has made it a leading nearshore competitor. Software engineers in Argentina demonstrate qualification and experience levels which are higher than in competitor countries. Unlike other outsourcing locations such as India, China, and Eastern Europe, Argentina is increasingly becoming known as a home for IT professionals who are experienced in US healthcare standards and regulations, such as HIPAA, HL7, and Meaningful Use.

Effective Agile Teamwork

[related_content]Argentina’s time zone differentiation with the United States is only two to five hours. Being well situated geographically with a time zone alignment makes it easier to effectively communicate between all project stakeholders. This results in improved transparency and understanding, which are key factors for successful software development delivery and the basic requirements of agile methodology.

Cultural Alignment

Argentina has had long-term cultural exposure to American business practices, standards, and ethics, so their cultural alignment with the US is greater than competing countries. The workforce can support solid software project teams, with a culture that promotes open communication based on trust. Also, their English language skills are usually superior to other non-English speaking countries.

First Person Commentary From Medical Web Experts’ CEO, John Deutsch

“Right now our company has 35 people on the ground in Argentina. We are serving the US market exclusively. Previously we had an office in India, and I can say that the Argentine developers perform at a higher level. In India a developer will says “Yes, I understand,” but in fact he might not. You could get someone in India to work more hours, and someone who might be more advanced in a specific technology, but for servicing U.S. clients in healthcare Argentina is a better fit. In Argentina the developers are good and reliable. If you ask them to do something, they get it right the first time. They deliver a high quality product and take a lot of pride in their work.
There is also the matter if intellectual property (IP) risk. When looking across the globe, Argentina is not considered a high risk, whereas India is. We also know that there are issues with security in Eastern Europe.
Our U.S. clients are aware that our operations are in Argentina. They know that we can operate within the currency controls, and that our customers are isolated from those issues. There are some excellent global and Fortune 500 companies, including Google, that are in Argentina because they can see the value.”

Gretchen Kalthoff

Gretchen Kalthoff

Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an expert in healthcare marketing and health IT with a special interest in increasing patient engagement through social media and healthcare technologies.

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