How telemedicine can manage chronic conditions

Article provide by Francis Dunn, Miami, FL

Chronic conditions are long-term health conditions that patients will need to manage and live with, often for the rest of their lives. Conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis affect a large number of Americans and are one of the main reasons for hospital visits.

Telemedicine has become a sustainable way to manage the chronically ill as it reduces the pressure on the healthcare system as a result of the pandemic.

Virtual appointments have helped to manage chronic conditions in several ways.

Treatment plan management – Chronic conditions often have a direct relationship with a patient’s lifestyle. Treatment plan management will involve virtual appointments and information to help patients manage their weight, quit smoking, improve their nutrition, and change their behaviors to keep patient’s as healthy as possible.

Medication management – Patients with chronic conditions will need to try different medications to understand what works best. Managing a patient remotely avoids the need for multiple doctor’s visits and empower patients to balance their treatment with their quality of life.

The severity of symptoms – When chronically ill patients experience a new symptom, it can be difficult to understand if the symptom is a result of their medication or if it is a potentially urgent condition. Some chronically ill patients will visit their doctors often, while others may ignore new symptoms. Providing quick remote access can mean that symptoms can be addressed as soon as they arise.

Chronic conditions can be taxing on a patient’s quality of life and their caregivers. Telemedicine has made frequently meeting a doctor a lot less stressful and time-consuming, allowing patients to live with and address their condition with the best medical care.

Francis Dunn
Francis Dunn

Francis Dunn is based in Miami, FloridaFrancis William Dunn has the heart of an entrepreneur and has worked with successful companies such as DMDconnects. His expertise in fund raising has helped with multiple new start-ups in the healthcare and medical device sector. Francis Dunn is experienced in people development, online healthcare, executive management, and acquisitions. He is an advocate for healthy living and a caring father.