Wireless monitors like VitalStream™ can help to drive down the cost of chronic disease management and deliver better patient outcomes.
Chronic disease management (CDM) is one of biggest challenges facing global health. Chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are the leading cause of mortality in the developed world by far, and across the world they are projected to account for 69% of deaths by 2030.
CDM covers the management of a broad range of chronic conditions, from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma to types of cancer, HIV/AIDS, mental disorders, disabilities like visual impairment and certain diseases. For sufferers, clinicians and healthcare systems, they present a heavy burden, both physically and financially. In the US, the treatment of chronic conditions uses 75% of the total healthcare spend.
For over 10 years now, trials have been carried out into the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to manage more of the chronic disease burden remotely. Adoption has been slow, but now, thanks to wireless wearable devices like VitalStream™, there is a viable solution to the substantial health and economic impacts of chronic care.Continue reading