Article written by Francis Dunn, Miami, FL
Research suggests that 40% of the US population suffers from some form of a chronic condition. A chronic disease is categorized as a disease that lasts for 3 months or longer.
Telemedicine has helped to provide chronically ill patients with the care they need to manage medical costs while offering the convenience of online health care. With more Americans living in rural areas, patients find it a challenge to manage chronic conditions as access to healthcare is poor.
Additionally, an in-person consultation will require taking time off work, securing childcare, and time and money spent on traveling to an appointment. Waiting rooms are also known to harbor germs and viruses, exposing chronically ill patients to more diseases.
Furthermore, patients with chronic conditions will need to adjust their lifestyles to better their illness. Changes can include adjustments to their diet, quitting smoking, reduced consumption of alcohol, and getting more exercise. Virtual appointments will allow for constant monitoring and guidance by doctors to help patients through this process.
At-home medical devices such as Bluetooth weighing scales, heart rate monitors, blood sugar, and blood pressure monitors can provide the patient and their doctor with information that encourage healthy habits. Changes in medication can also easily be adjusted through virtual consultations.
Telemedicine can improve chronic disease management by allowing patients to easily reach their doctor while eliminating the inconveniences associated with in-person visits. Virtual healthcare can also assist patients to adopt positive lifestyle changes which can improve symptoms and help patients to live a comfortable life.
Francis Dunn is based in Miami, Florida. Francis William Dunn has the heart of an entrepreneur and has worked with successful companies such as DMDconnects. His expertise in fund raising has helped with multiple new start-ups in the healthcare and medical device sector. Francis Dunn is experienced in people development, online healthcare, executive management and acquisitions. He is an advocate for healthy living and a caring father.