Of all the chronic health issues plaguing Americans, none is quite as demanding or as challenging to address as diabetes. For starters, diabetes is extremely difficult to diagnose compared to other diseases. As many of its initial effects on the body relay little to no visible signs, diabetes patients often go entirely undiagnosed for years. According to a study published by the American Diabetes Association, 7.2 million Americans with diabetes in 2015 were undiagnosed. That’s a staggering 23.7% of all diabetes patients who spend countless weeks, months, and years living with one of this country’s most life-threatening diseases without being treated or even presented with information vital to their well-being.
Each year, diabetes holds its ranking as one of the top ten most pervasive causes of death in the United States. In 2012, an estimated $245 billion was spent treating diagnosed diabetes patients. There is no argument that can be made against the seriousness of diabetes, but many healthcare providers still lack the confidence and the tools to establish effective and comprehensive programs for treating their patients. Thankfully, remote patient monitoring, clinical health call centers, and improved telehealth diabetes management programs can help alleviate these concerns and transform the way healthcare providers implement diabetes treatment strategies.
Bringing Diabetes Treatment to At-Home Patients
Upon being diagnosed, diabetes patients quickly learn that the state of their health is highly dependent on their personal involvement with their treatment. Daily insulin injections, regular blood glucose monitoring, and healthy lifestyle and eating choices all contribute to the overall health of diabetes patients. But it can be difficult for patients to adhere to such strict schedules and foreign concepts without the proper guidance. Unfortunately, traditional healthcare practices often leave these patients in the dark, as their contact with healthcare and clinical professionals is generally limited to occasional phone calls and irregularly scheduled in-office meetings.
By employing the partnership of remote patient monitoring and clinical call center support, diabetes patients can use telehealth services to gain round-the-clock access to medical and clinical professionals through virtual consultations and at-home treatment support. These ehealth systems are specifically designed to not only improve quality of care for at-home patients, but also eliminate the need for hospitalizations and doctor visits.
Virtual Coaching and Disease Education
Remote patient monitoring allows healthcare providers to connect with their patients more frequently than ever before. No longer bound by regular business hours, long commutes, and irregular visits, doctors can now connect with their patients through tablets, computers, and smart phones to discuss pertinent information and evaluate health data. Using portable devices, patients can share their health data with doctors, nurses, and clinicians, while their health providers share disease education and other information vital to their treatment.
About Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas is 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, board member of the National Association for Home Care and Private Duty Home Care Association, member of the American Telemedicine Association, and an ex-officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America.