Diseases are intelligent. They change, mutate, and develop new strategies to outsmart our medications. They adapt to resist treatments. And, because diseases tend to evolve faster than we can create new solutions for addressing them, the advantage, historically, does not fall in our favor.
Getting ahead of diseases continues to be an uphill battle for the men and women who are tasked with managing them. A procedure or drug that works with one patient might fail for another. A therapy or regimen that works today might have little effect in the years, months, or weeks to come. With chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, and COPD, symptoms can be suppressed, and steps can be made toward improving health outcomes, but with outdated health practices, it is becoming more and more likely that diseases will continue to have the upper hand.
Using Telehealth Technology to Outsmart Diseases
In order to properly manage diseases, healthcare providers must focus as much of their energy as possible to understanding their causes and minimizing their effects. This means that all superfluous efforts and interruptions, such as medical errors, miscommunication, and disorganization are not only hinderances, but the very things separating successful disease management from ultimate failure.
Using telehealth tools designed to streamline performances and increase staff and patient education is crucial for developing methods to outsmart disease.
Improve Education and Stay Ahead of Complications with Remote Patient Monitoring
Whether dealing with heart disease or metabolic syndrome, it is vital that healthcare providers give patients access to thorough, timely, and easily accessible care. With remote patient monitoring, diseases can be better managed through daily – or even hourly – health evaluations. If patients are feeling unsure about their treatment or are experiencing new and troubling symptoms, these can, through remote monitoring, be immediately recorded and addressed, saving on time and boosting the effectiveness of treatment.
Through remote monitoring, patients may also receive education and coaching techniques to make them more adept at managing their own condition and better able to recognize concerns.
Amplifying Disease Management Through Collaboration
When it comes to healthcare, the more minds that can be devoted to analyses and procedures, the better. Healthcare organizations invested in telehealth programs can be greatly supported through collaboration with different leaders in the healthcare industry. And, as healthcare is constantly evolving to meet new demands, these collaborations are designed to negate stagnation and push healthcare organizations always in the direction of advancement.
Combined, the effects of remote patient monitoring, collaboration, patient education, and other telehealth services can help healthcare providers better manage, suppress, and find solutions for chronic diseases.
About Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas is a certified management accountant and the president of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, one of the leading telehealth monitoring companies in the U.S. Karen is a nationally renowned speaker, a lecturer for Missouri State University’s graduate-level Health Care Administration program, and a contributing author to, “Home Telehealth: Connecting Care Within the Community,” published by Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. Karen has appeared on numerous webinars and has spoken at dozens of conferences on the benefits of remote patient monitoring, generating enhanced clinical outcomes, patient engagement, and coordination of care. She is a member of the Missouri Governors Innovation Task Force, a past board member of the National Association for Home Care and Private Duty Home Care Association, a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the American Society on Aging, and a past ex-officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America.