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10 Sep 2012

5 Health Conditions to Treat through Telemedicine

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With the shortage of physicians and patient wait times becoming ailing concerns in the scope of our country’s healthcare dilemma, telemedicine and technological innovation offers solutions to tackle some of these challenges.
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Telehealth applications derived from cellular & satellite networking services are growing rapidly in the market, providing significant value to healthcare. The following is taken from New Media Producer, Steff Deschenes:
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Healthcare IT News spoke with Alex Brisbourne, president and COO of KORE Telematics, a wireless network provider focused on the M2M communications market, regarding these evolving telemedicine opportunities. Brisbourne presented the top five health conditions ripe for treatment – or already being treated – via telemedicine.
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Top 5 Conditions for Treatment:
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1. Active Heart Monitoring

For at-risk patients, wireless heart monitoring devices have already proven to reduce hospitalization through early detection of heart failure. In addition, these devices are able to limit the time that physicians spend looking at data that is not pertinent, Brisbourne says, since they only send notifications with information that is outside an acceptable range.
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2. Blood Pressure
Wireless sensor nodes have become cost-effective, compact and energy efficient, which allows for continuous cycle reporting and electronic dispatch in urgent situations. It is important, however, to distinguish in this category between “critical monitoring” and “convenience monitoring.” The former is able to account for stress, eating habits and other external triggers more completely and pinpoint life-or-death issues. The latter includes iPhone Apps for the merely curious consumer.
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3. Diabetes
Wireless glucose monitoring devices can send alerts to patients and doctors when values move outside an acceptable range. These devices can also monitor for dietary intake that would affect a patient’s course of action.
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4. Prescription Compliance
Patient health risks — and the risk of hospital admission — are greatly reduced by eliminating medication misses. But there’s also a need to ensure that people take entire drug courses and eliminate the potential for re-prescribing, says Brisbourne. Billions of dollars each year reach their expiration date in patients’ medicine cabinets, he notes. Additional intangible benefits include fewer provider phone calls, and even shorter wait times in provider offices by eliminating visits from improper prescription utilization.
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5. Sleep Apnea

Telemedicine devices for sleep apnea can handle both investigatory and direct treatment. The two-way nature of the devices can report on sleep patterns, body position and breathing to refine research and treatment course for any given patient. There’s a direct cost saving here as well, says Brisbourne, as the devices directly eliminate the need for expensive polysomnography exams and limit the need for overnight hospital stays, on an ongoing basis.
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