Most patients with diabetes frequently measure their blood glucose levels to regulate and maintain healthy vitals. When fluctuations occur, patients can mitigate effects with lifestyle changes or visit a healthcare provider if necessary.
Recently, more diabetes patients in Canada have begun using remote patient management platforms to manage the impacts of their disease. This trend is expected to continue over the next decade, as cases of diabetes in Canada are predicted to increase by 30%. In fact, many Canadian providers are already recommending remote patient management to improve outcomes for their patients with diabetes.
Caring For Diabetes With Remote Patient Management
Diabetes requires persistent monitoring by the patient and provider as it is a chronic illness. Remote patient management is helping Canadian providers by offering better care for patients living with diabetes.
Remote patient management enables providers to intervene immediately when a patient’s health status changes. Providers are notified and can contact patients or recommend virtual resources. This practice facilitates the continuous monitoring of patients, and in doing so allows providers to be involved as needed with minimal intrusion on the patient’s day-to-day life.
Benefits of Adopting Remote Patient Management for Diabetes
Provides Better Visibility of Patient Requirements
The latest remote patient management systems allow diabetes patients to automatically send data of their blood glucose levels directly to providers. As a result, care teams have regular updates on the health of their patients and can take informed preventative actions.
Diabetes patients have shown lower average blood glucose levels when they are more actively engaged with remote patient management systems. Virtual diabetes management enables providers to intervene and use the virtual resources at their disposal to take preventative measures. This proactive treatment leads to healthier outcomes for patients with diabetes.
Encourages Patients To Stay On Track With Their Health Goals
When providers can have continuous contact with their patients, they can encourage them to adhere to lifestyle changes that help prevent the health risks associated with worsening diabetes. The patients know that a healthcare provider is checking in on them daily and that they will be well supported if their blood sugar levels increase.
Providers can use tools in remote patient management such as audio/video conferencing, secure messaging, and file transfer. With differing options, Canadians with diabetes have a holistic solution to communicating with their healthcare provider, even beyond appointments.
Allows Providers To Gather Useful Health Insights
Traditionally, diabetes care in Canada requires patients to take regular blood samples and/or glucose measurements, up to 7x per day for some. The patient collects and assesses their vitals, identifies any abnormalities, then takes them to their doctor at a clinic. This process, however, takes too much time.
Remote diabetes management allows continuous transmission of vitals data to healthcare providers, who can monitor them regularly. Providers can then take action when they see changes and can prevent any long-term effects.
Continuing To Improve Outcomes for Patients With Diabetes
Continuous care and monitoring of Canadian diabetes patients diminishes the risk of kidney disease, eye disease, stroke, heart failure, and poor circulation. Providers who use virtual diabetes management can help patients achieve a higher quality of life through proactive and continuous care plans.
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