With technology, the opportunities in health care are endless. Home health monitoring – the use of technology and telecommunication to monitor and track a patient’s health at home – is becoming increasingly popular. Home health monitoring devices are able to track chronic conditions and send the information to a healthcare professional, so the patient doesn’t have to make a hospital visit.
The appeal for many patients is the convenience and ease of home health monitoring, who can track their health from their cell phone, tablet, or computer. According to the Pew Foundation, 21 percent of Americans are tracking their health on an electronic device.
The use of home health monitoring technology with electronic health records could save the health care industry $700 billion over 15 to 20 years, according to the National Broadband Plan. Companies providing these types of services are booming.
TELUS, a home health monitoring company, has a Home Health Monitoring platform that allows remote monitoring for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart failure. The program tracks results on a computer or tablet and a healthcare team can adjust treatments if necessary.
Philips home telehealth programs also offer programs for chronic disease management with tracking for health care professionals and video communication between patient and health care provider.
Medtronic offers ZephyrLIFE RPM – a wireless wearable tracker that monitors glucose, blood pressure, temperature, and body weight. The program works with Android devices and provides updates and measurements to the patient via clinical-based criteria.
In addition to chronic illness, there are devices that are able to monitor a patient’s sleep. Somnology’s Plex® Sleep Scanner, a wearable sleep tracking device, is able to monitor breathing patterns, pulse, and oxygen levels during sleep. This data is tracked so the patient can not only self-monitor their sleep patterns but also share the information with their health care professional.
The scanner was designed by a practicing physician, Dr. Melissa Lim, in conjunction with experts in design engineering and software processing of big data. The device will offer a budget-friendly alternative to clinical sleep studies, and you can save 10 percent when you sign up to be notified of pre-orders here.
You can also sync the scanner with your SomnologyMobileDoc application on iPhone.
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