In addition to ensuring compliance and reliable monitoring, wearables will provide greater access to care for patients in rural and remote areas and minimize clinical and hospital visits.
Fremont, CA: Chronic Care Management (CCM) is a policy that compensates physicians for face-to-face contact with patients with two or more chronic conditions. A chronic disease may be anything from diabetes to high blood pressure. These conditions constitute 15 percent of the U.S. population and 80 percent of Medicare, a comprehensive health insurance program. It is thought that tracking patients can improve their health more frequently and reduce their costs.
The wearable technology industry offers a range of health-monitoring devices and features, some of which are intended for patients and caregivers facing chronic health problems.
• One firm has developed a progressive heart monitoring device that allows physicians to remotely monitor patients for fine-tuned heartbeat and arrhythmia detection, with programmable alerts tailored to each patient.
• A technology giant designed a watch called a cardiac activity monitor to be used for clinical trials and medical research. The device tracks the user's heartbeat, light exposure, skin temperature, noise levels, and more.
One can easily see the CCM application that supports continuous patient monitoring and needs 24/7 patient access to medical practice. Service companies are evolving to facilitate outsourcing activities, such as record management, call centers, training, and more and can easily provide electronic monitoring services.
In addition to ensuring compliance and reliable monitoring, wearables will provide greater access to care for patients in rural and remote areas and minimize clinical and hospital visits. Device monitoring will provide objective and consistent feedback to physicians, facilitating personalized treatment. Another possibility is that wearables device can be configured to prescribe urgent action to a patient with orders to change the dosage of medications and to call or visit a doctor.
The obstacles to adoption include concerns related to privacy and protection and the reliability of an algorithm that would provide treatment instructions. Still the potential is vast, particularly for patients with chronic conditions. Chronic illness and pain management need effective day-to-day intervention rather than visits to the doctor to shape results.For patients with chronic diseases, wearables must remind, advise, promote and perhaps most importantly provide the patient with novel ways to comply with care routines and in a few cases, give them treatment.
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