Remote Monitoring Reduces Hospitalization Rates and Emergency Room Visits for COPD Patients
Link to the study: https://www.dovepress.com/getfile.php?fileID=87892
A recent study has shown that remote monitoring can significantly reduce hospitalization rates and emergency room visits for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study also found that outpatient office visits increased, suggesting that remote patient monitoring may help shift care to a less expensive and burdensome setting.
COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that is caused by long-term exposure to lung irritants, particularly cigarette smoke. Acute COPD exacerbations, or episodes of sudden symptom worsening, have a large effect on patients’ health as they’ve been associated with a higher risk of hospitalization and disease progression.
Remote monitoring can help identify and treat these episodes early, which can be managed with medications such as bronchodilators, antibiotics, oral steroids, and other therapies such as oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, and noninvasive ventilation. By monitoring patients remotely, healthcare providers can intervene early and prevent the need for hospitalization or emergency room visits.
At BlueStar TeleHealth, we offer remote monitoring solutions that can help patients with COPD manage their condition more effectively. Our solutions allow healthcare providers to monitor patients’ vital signs, symptoms, and medication adherence remotely, and intervene early if necessary. This can help reduce hospitalization rates and emergency room visits, while also improving patients’ quality of life.
In addition to COPD, our platform and services can be used to monitor patients with other chronic conditions such as hypertension, and heart failure. By providing patients with the tools they need to manage their condition more effectively, we can help improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
If you or a loved one has COPD or another chronic condition, talk to your healthcare provider about remote monitoring and how it can help you manage your condition more effectively. And if you’re a healthcare provider looking for a remote monitoring solution, contact BlueStar TeleHealth to learn more about our platform and how it can benefit your patients.