How Apps Can Help Manage Chronic Diseases

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Preventing and treating chronic diseases requires time from both the patient and their provider along with a degree of self-management from the patient. With about half of all adults suffering from one or more chronic diseases, there are many individuals that are often overwhelmed by their ailment, that slip into poor or unhealthy habits, fail to take medications correctly and end up in the emergency room.

According to reporting done by The Wall Street Journal, new studies show an emerging field of digital medicine which is a combination or remote monitoring, behavior modification and personalized intervention overseen by the individual’s own provider, can positively effect outcomes in individuals. As a result, there is an increasing number of hospitals and health systems that are adopting digital programs that have proven results and can be delivered at a low cost through the use of smartphones, wireless devices, and sensors.

These new digital programs allow providers to remotely monitor individuals with a chronic disease and allow them to intervene when a regiment isn’t being followed or a flare-up occurs. They can also allow care teams to deliver better and consistent quality care, potentially allowing individuals to avoid a hospital admission.

The increase in digital programs has come about as the healthcare industry is shifting from a fee-for-service system to a value-based payment system that focuses on delivering quality outcomes and increasing patient satisfaction.

Source: June 25, 2017 –How Apps Can Help Manage Chronic Diseases by The Wall Street Journal

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