Your Fitbit counts your steps daily and encourages you hourly to get off your rear end to move. Your iPhone monitors your heart-rate and lets you know about blood pressure changes. Your Alexa plays meditation tracks to help you relax or even sleep. But maybe you’re using a Garmin fitness watch, a Galaxy phone and Google Home. They all do pretty much the same thing, right? What about healthcare monitoring from a doctor’s point of view? Did you know there are electronic systems out there to assist your doctor in providing you with the best healthcare possible? Software assists with the data flow in healthcare, connecting departments, thus improving care and streamlining and automating processes. Let’s take a look at what some of these remote healthcare monitoring tools do.
Staying connected is the name of the game for a remote healthcare monitoring tool. The available equipment to check up on a patient’s health has to all report to the same system to enable your healthcare provider the clearest picture of your health. That’s why there’s a scale that records your weight as well as other devices to help you keep track of your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, blood sugar and rate of respiration. All these devices connect to both the mobile app and the doctor’s patient dashboard so you both know what’s going on with you.
None of this would be of any help if you couldn’t speak with your doctor or nurse practitioner about your issues. Virtual visits via the app give you better access to your healthcare provider because any mobility difficulties are eliminated; it also reduces your risk of catching something contagious from another patient.
Additional Recording Features
Not only will your health bio-metrics be monitored by the system, all your lab work results will be recorded there as well. Both you and your doctor will have access to those labs. The system will also include instructions on how to read your labs so you’re not left in the dark about what all those numbers mean.
Many doctors these days want patients to record their meals. When a patient records those meals in the remote healthcare system, the patient receives data about their meals. Many times, this will include if the patient’s sodium intake is too high, they’re eating too many carbohydrates or if the patient isn’t drinking enough water.
If you’ve walked into a doctor’s office lately, you’ve been handed a clipboard full of forms to fill out. With a healthcare system, you can fill out the forms at home at your leisure before the in-office appointment to ensure accuracy. It also prevents you from having to squeeze your handwriting into little boxes or too-short lines.
Check to see if your provider has a system like this to help you both manage your health.