Chronic Disease Management
Providing chronic disease patients with wearable or wireless devices allow them to regularly track and share their health status at home, at work, or on the move. Often, companion apps or web sites can relay this information to care teams, facilitating improved communication and better targeted interventions; or to family members wishing to play a greater role in their loved one’s health management. For example, leveraging a wireless glucose monitor paired with a smart phone, both care providers and parents of a child with type 1 diabetes could be notified of blood glucose levels throughout the day, with alerts built in to trigger physician intervention as needed. With these tools, it is possible to manage chronic diseases more efficiently, eliminate physician office visits and avoid hospital stays.
- Extend health care into the home
- Improve overall disease management care
- Monitor specific disease progression utilizing biosensors and activity
- Schedule appointments
- Trend analysis and alerts
- Remote consultation: e-mail, chat, video conferencing
Bob, 47 years old - has a chronic asthma condition
Every day, he uses a spirometer, pulse oximeter and blood pressure cuff to monitor his condition. As he uses each device, the data is automatically transmitted to a personal health system in his home and sent on to a monitoring service that helps him keep track of his condition. If the monitoring service notices any abnormal data, Bob's doctor and Bob are automatically notified. When this happens, a health care professional will give him a call to discuss the symptoms and lifestyle recommendations, and occasionally will ask Bob to come in for additional diagnosis.
Ayesha, 12 years old - just been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes
She uses a glucose meter and cell phone to monitor her blood sugar levels. The cell phone reminds Ayesha to check her blood sugar regularly during the day, and her glucose meter seamlessly transmits her measurements to her cell phone after each use. The data is transferred to a diabetic monitoring service that maintains Ayesha's long-term history and looks for abnormal events. If a reading is unusual, or if Ayesha skips a test, the system automatically contacts her mother, who can get in touch with Ayesha immediately through her cell phone.