Friday, April 9, 2010

Article: Wireless Remote Monitoring Prevents Complications of Chronic Diseases

An interesting article about the benefits of remote monitoring in the care of patients with chronic diseases from the Press of Atlantic City, 8 March 2010.  Here's the link to the article:

Quotes from the article:
Improving management
By early 2012, Americans will use about 15 million wireless health-monitoring devices, according to a forecast from ABI Research, which tracks mobile-technology trends. The mobile health market is projected to more than triple to $9.6 billion in 2012 from $2.7 billion in 2007, according to study from Kalorama Information Inc
[T]he first pilot project in the nation to assess whether the use of remote digital devices with data sent over the Internet to a doctor's office improved management of multiple chronic diseases - diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. 
Diabetics and hypertensive patients increased the number of days between appointments by 71 percent and 26 percent respectively ...
"One of the great promises of wireless (health) is making it a part of the patient's daily life, not an interruption to what they're doing every day," ...
From personal experience I believe the last sentence I quoted is among the most important in the article.  The entire process should be so smooth, so automated, so uncomplicated and unintrusive that the patient's life is uninterrupted and that the data is seamlessly collected and sent to the patient's caregiver.

Two other items to note.  The first is a brief discussion of the sensors connected to the patient's body.  They mention band-aid size electrodes.  I am not sure if these are the "digital plaster" that I've discussed in an earlier article.
Or something else.  I do not know, but it would be interesting to find out.  If I have any informational, I'll post it.  If you have any information, please enlighten us with a comment.

The second issue of note is the discussion in the article regarding payment, and who will do it.  Given the convoluted nature of our system of payments, this will be the most difficult issue to resolve, I believe.  It's ironic considering that remote monitoring saves money.   I think the technical issues will be minor in comparison.  I hope I am proved wrong.

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