A Look at Wearable Devices for Chronic Care Management
FREMONT, CA: Chronic Care Management (CCM) is a program that compensates doctors for non-face-to-face communication with patients with two or more chronic conditions. A chronic illness can be anything from diabetes to high blood pressure. These conditions signify 15 percent of the U.S. population and 80 percent of spending on Medicare, a national health insurance program. The thought is that monitoring patients more often will improve their health and reduce expenses.
The wearable technology market introduces numerous health-monitoring devices and features, some of which are intended for patients and caregivers facing chronic health issues.
• One firm has developed a progressive heart monitoring device that facilitates doctors to remotely monitor patients for a fine-tuned heartbeat and arrhythmia detection, with programmable alerts personalized for each patient.
• Another company is working on its wearable device to observe a user's vital signs like heart rate, pulse, blood sugar, and other information and transmit it to the user's phone.
• A technology giant has designed a watch that it calls a cardiac activity monitor to be employed for clinical trials and medical research. The device tracks the user's heartbeat, light exposure, skin temperatures, noise levels, and more.
One can effortlessly see the application to CCM that supports patients' continuous monitoring and needs 24/7 patient access to doctor practices. Service firms are emerging to permit practices to outsource services, such as records management, call In focus centers, training, and more, and can easily include electronic monitoring services.
In addition to enabling compliance and accurate monitoring, wearables can offer greater access to care for patients in rural and remote areas and decrease clinic and hospital visits. Device monitoring will present physicians with objective and consistent feedback, easing personalized treatment. Another prospect is that wearables can be programmed to recommend instant actions to a patient entailing instructions to change medication dosages and call or visit the doctor.
The barriers to adoption include privacy and security issues and the dependability of an algorithm that would offer treatment instructions. Still, the potential is vast, particularly for patients with chronic conditions. Chronic disease and pain management need consistent day-to-day actions rather than visits to the doctor to shape outcomes. For patients with chronic diseases, wearables must remind, warn, encourage, and perhaps most significantly, supply the patient with innovative strategies to comply with treatment routines and, in a few cases, offer that treatment.