April 23, 2019
By: PathSOS Team

Telemedicine in Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases tend to become more common with age.  Chronic diseases are stated generally as conditions that last 3 months or more and need continuing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.

Chronic diseases may be long-lived conditions that typically can be controlled but may not be cured sometimes. People living with chronic diseases usually must manage daily symptoms that have an effect on their quality of life, and experience serious health issues and complications that may shorten their lifetime.

Chronic diseases - like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and inflammatory disease - are the leading causes of abnormality and death. Although common and expensive, several chronic diseases are preventable. Several chronic diseases are connected to lifestyle choices that are within your own hands to change. Some Chronic diseases and conditions:

1.      Heart Disease

2.      Local IMPACT Project

3.      Obesity

4.      Oral Health

5.      Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias

6.      Arthritis

7.      Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome

8.      Tobacco Use and Related Conditions

9.      Asthma

10.     Cancer

11.      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

12.     Cystic Fibrosis

13.     Diabetes

14.     Eating Disorders

15.     Osteoporosis

One of the most important issues for individuals with chronic diseases is continuity of care. Fixing the gaps in knowledge from one health care skilled to a different has been shown to improve patient health outcomes. Telemedicine makes this method easier, faster, and more correct.

Instead of having to travel over the whole world for a new health care provider, telehealth & e-medicine will inform new doctors and nurses instantly, completely, and accurately on the health status and history of their patients. This is often notably true for those with chronic diseases who live in rural areas where doctor and nurse turnover rates are highest.

Tele-medicine involves the use of electronic communications and software to provide clinical services to patients without an in-person visit. In such situations, Tele-medicine can be a great alternative to the traditional health care system:

1.    Diagnoses of common medical problems such as headache, sore throat,

        back pain, digestive troubles

2.    Inquiries about various medical issues for home treatments

3.    Post-treatment check-ins or follow up for chronic care

4.    Patient inability to leave the house due to sickness