Chronic disease and conditions affect almost half of all American adults and are considered a cause of 7 out of 10 deaths every year, in the United States. The surprising thing about these statistics is that it is possible to bring them down significantly because complications arising from chronic disease are almost always preventable.
It takes a healthy lifestyle and regular visits to the doctor to remain healthy and fit, despite chronic disease. For anyone dealing with a chronic illness, like diabetes or heart disease, managing their condition is the only way to maintain and look up their quality of life. Telehealth monitoring offers a modern, comfortable and dependable way of regular visits to the doctor without having the patient leave their home and travel for long periods just for a scheduled appointment with their doctor.
The use of digital technologies to distribute healthcare and teaching as well as to hook up doctor and patient in different locations – can also have potent benefits for lasting health and wellness.
A Case for Telehealth & Telemedicine
A leading online journal of telemedicine and telecare recently featured an article wherein Monica Leslie, a Senior Consultant with Schumacher Clinical Partners, and Rehan Virani, a Consulting Manager with Schumacher Clinical Partners, discussed the impact of chronic conditions while also shedding some light on the significance of telehealth for chronic condition management (CCM).
The discussed how telehealth adds major value to traditional CCM programs for a variety of reasons, such as:
- It lets healthcare providers seamlessly communicate with patients even after they return home.
- It offers real-time data, which are regularly reported to care teams over an internet-enabled connection.
- It empowers patients and allows them to have a huge say in their own care.
- It’s an affordable and effective substitute for in-person visits by healthcare providers.
Fact of the matter is that patients with chronic illnesses, especially ones located in remote locations, suffer from costly and often-times inconsistent healthcare services. Telehealth technology allows for real-time remote monitoring of patients inflicted with a full range of chronic disease and conditions using home-based digital technology.
Telehealth for CCM: Offering Complete Peace of Mind!
Telehealth monitoring makes it easier and more cost effective than ever to manage chronic disease and a range of other medical conditions. Telehealth monitoring works as a continuum of patient care, restoring peace of mind that individuals can preserve their independence, while still having access to a strong, synchronized network of health care practitioners when it is needed.
Learn more about developments in technology for CCM. Check out this in-depth discussion “Realizing Value with Telehealth in Chronic Condition Management (CCM) Programs” recently published in Telehealth and Medicine Today™, an online open access digital telemedicine and e-health journal.