By utilizing remote patient monitoring for diabetes, clinicians can closely monitor blood-glucose levels, ensure that management plans are effective, and generate more revenue.
To assess the efficacy of RPM for diabetes, this article will breakdown how remote blood-glucose monitoring works and its benefits.
The Current State of Healthcare for Diabetes
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and the 4th most common cause of physician visits.
It’s estimated that the annual cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $327 billion. This number is projected to increase drastically with current healthcare practices.
If not properly managed, this costly disease can cause kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and blindness.
Close monitoring of blood glucose levels can help identify symptoms of type 2 diabetes in its early phases and delay its progression.
Remote Patient Monitoring for Diabetes
With remote patient monitoring, patients’ blood-glucose levels are consistently monitored.
Physicians will be immediately alerted when fluctuations are recorded and can take the appropriate actions to treat their patients.
Remote patient monitoring technologies help reduce hospital readmissions by focusing on identifying problems early and providing preventative care.
Therefore, RPM can serve as a solution for preventing the progression of chronic diseases, reducing healthcare costs, and providing accessible healthcare services.
Patients are responsible for taking their blood-glucose measurements, which increases their sense of involvement in managing their diabetes.
Remote blood-glucose monitoring increases the clinician’s ability to see what is/ is not working and make adjustments to medications for optimal treatment.
How to Use a Blood Glucose Meter
Tenovi’s Blood Glucose Monitor includes a cell-enabled meter, lancet, and custom test strips.
Gather all the materials and perform the following steps with clean hands:
- Insert the test strip into the meter
- Wipe finger with alcohol pad and let dry
- Gently prick the side of the finger with the lancet
- Place drop of blood onto the test-strip and wait for reading
Most patients with diabetes should aim to keep blood glucose levels at 80-130mg/dL before a meal or below 180 mg/dL in about 2 hours after a meal.
With the right management, individuals with diabetes can have a very high quality of life.
By managing blood gular level, blood pressure, and cholesterol, many complications caused by diabetes can be avoided.
The most effective practices for managing diabetes include:
- Taking regular blood glucose measurements
- Following a meal plan
- Consistently taking medications
- Effectively managing stress
Blood glucose readings help clinicians and patients understand whether their current management plan is working.
The Importance of Regular Blood Glucose Monitoring for Diabetes
Regular blood glucose monitoring allows patients to be more informed and involved in managing their diabetes.
They’ll understand how what they eat, their exercise levels, medications, stress and other behaviors affect their blood-glucose levels.
With real-time, accurate blood glucose data, clinicians can efficiently manage their patient’s treatment plans to improve outcomes.
Individuals with diabetes typically see their doctors every 3-6 months.
Remote patient monitoring focuses on providing better healthcare in-between visits to make sure that complications are not worsening.
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