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Common Medical Conditions Treated By Telehealth Monitoring

Posted on October 28, 2020

BY FieldMed

Common Medical Conditions Treated By Telehealth Monitoring 

Telehealth monitoring is changing the face of modern medicine. 

From run-of-the-mill colds to chronic care management, telehealth monitoring takes patient care out of the traditional medical setting and brings it into the home. Patients are quickly and easily connected with a qualified health professional for necessary care or screenings. It’s become an integral component of community health programs. 

Because of its ease of use and effectiveness, more medical providers are integrating telemedicine into their suite of services to treat common medical conditions. 

8 Medical Conditions Treated by Telehealth Monitoring  

While telehealth is generally new in the medical world, medical professionals frequently use it to treat:

  1. Respiratory conditions
  2. Allergies and asthma
  3. Heart conditions
  4. Diabetes 
  5. Skin conditions
  6. Mental health 
  7. Sleep conditions
  8. Post-surgery follow-ups

1. Respiratory Conditions 

Colds, coughs, and bouts with the flu. We all deal with them from time to time. 

While some require prescription medication to get over, getting medical treatment doesn’t mean a patient needs to leave their home. Most colds and coughs are diagnosable through a teleconference with a healthcare provider. 

As many respiratory illnesses are contagious, treating a patient in their home eliminates their exposure to others.

2. Allergies and Asthma 

Virtual doctor’s visits are becoming the first stop on a patient’s journey to treat allergies and asthma. Allergists are able to remotely conduct initial assessments and gauge a patient’s symptoms to determine if testing is necessary. 

Most follow-up visits can be conducted remotely, too. It’s only when a patient’s symptoms get worse that an in-person visit becomes necessary. 

3. Heart Conditions 

Managing some chronic heart conditions, such as arrhythmia, requires regular monitoring. Those screenings don’t necessarily require an in-person visit with a doctor or specialist. Through a variety of screening equipment that interfaces with mobile healthcare technology, healthcare providers can deliver the same level of care as they would during an office visit. 

For instance, those using a pacemaker to treat a heart condition can simply connect with a doctor through a video conference. Using a phone, a doctor can listen to a patient’s heartbeat without being in the same physical space.  

This crucial care without walls is especially important for patients who don’t have easy access to medical care. 

4. Diabetes 

Remote patient monitoring is also used to track a diabetic patient’s diet, which directly impacts their condition. When a patient’s glucose level spikes or drops, monitoring technology automatically sends alerts to the patient and their medical caregiver. 

For those living with diabetes, this constant monitoring is invaluable, as it provides a detailed window into their condition. With that same information, caregivers can also adapt a treatment plan to best help patients manage their condition. 

5. Skin Conditions

High-definition camera equipment makes diagnosing a skin condition easier. Working remotely, dermatologists can zoom in on an afflicted area of skin for a closer look. This increases diagnostic accuracy.

They also can observe the effectiveness of prescribed treatments.

6. Mental Health Therapy 

Telehealth mental therapy saw a sharp increase during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine. 

Talking with a licensed therapist from the comfort of one’s home is encouraging for some patients -- there’s no longer any stress about running into an acquaintance at a counselor’s office. Many newer virtual therapy services also offer patients the ability to connect with a counselor any time of day.  

7. Sleep Conditions 

Common sleeping issues, such as sleep apnea, often require sleep studies. This typically means a patient spends a night at a sleep lab for observation. 

Mobile monitoring devices that continuously track and record a person’s sleep eliminate that overnight stay -- patients are observed in the comfort of their homes. What better place to monitor sleep issues than a patient’s own bed?  

Medical professionals are able to get a more accurate picture of a person’s sleeping habits and environment.

8. Post-Surgical Follow-Ups

After a surgery patient is discharged, the first few weeks of recuperation are critical. 

Remote patient engagement makes a huge difference to those recovering from an operation. They’re saved from the hassle and discomfort of leaving home as they recover. For medical caregivers, telemedicine allows for frequent evaluations -- something that’s not always possible once a patient heads home. 

Telehealth Monitoring: Improving Patient Outcomes

Telehealth monitoring is proving itself as a viable and valuable method for patient care. In addition to making medical services more available, telehealth monitoring makes medical treatment more accessible

Learn more about how FieldMed’s software is leading the way in telehealth monitoring.