Diabetes is a condition that requires constant monitoring, when a person is diagnosed with this condition, she/he automatically becomes vulnerable to various other problems. The patients themselves are at a constant risk if their sugar levels go very high or become very low. This is even more reasons constant monitoring is necessary. With chronic conditions, the care and preventive measures play a vital role. For the management, there are medicines available; however, at the time of need, it takes time for help to reach the patient. This can result to disasters and fatal consequences.
With the help of various Virtual Management systems, a healthcare provider can monitor the sugar levels and vital stats of the patient and provide the necessary assistance and recommendations based on the readings. Even the recommendation of the required insulin dosage will be easier after reading the clinical notes, clinician review and automated reports.
During the experimental trials of the system It was noticed that there were number of in patients whose Glucose values were ≥225 mg/dL or 12.5mmo/I/L. There was even a reduction in the hypoglycemic readings; they were reduced by 36%.
With the help of the vGMS, the glucose screening happens automatically. It helps in managing the diabetes of the patient. The study highlighted that out of all the patients admitted in the hospital, around 30% of them had hyperglycemia or diabetes.
Challenges in the home environment
In comparison to a professional environment, health care management at home has become very challenging. It is because of the limitations that are there home, in comparison to a professional environment. When you have to live with a chronic problem, it is just not enough to watch your diet, live a healthy life or maintain an exercise regimen, it is also important that continuous monitoring, timely steps, and preventive measures are taken. We all know that if the patient does not get the treatment on time, it can result in various other problems. It might also result in the death of the person.
How virtual monitoring systems help chronic patients
With the help of the virtual monitoring systems and other such medical devices or systems installed in the houses, healthcare service providers can at least have an idea of what is going on with the patient. They will be able to help the patient even if they are in a different city. The virtual monitoring system can come in handy for active and passive management and monitoring. Let us see how.
Active management and monitoring
Under this, the end user participation and involvement plays a vital role.
Tele-health applications make it easier to manage diseases. This means that the families, the patient, and the health care provider are all in the same page because they share a common link.
In addition, it helps in linking communities through a web-based platform for those patients who require home care. This means that by linking of the families and the patient to the community of health care providers.
Creating and storing Personal records and health stats can help in making the data accessible at the time of need. This will help in making the necessary analysis and observations and in recommending the future course of treatment.
Passive management and monitoring
These sorts of systems do not require the IT implementation, operation or training by the end user.
These artificial intelligence applications are standalone robotic applications. They provide the necessary support that is needed when it comes to home care.
Another example of passive management and monitoring systems would be Smart Homes. The sensors are inbuilt with various technologies. The installation and placement of the sensors is based on the infrastructure of the house. .
The design of these systems helps to keep a track of the various problems and medical conditions that are prevalent today. The applications and sensors are generally web based systems and they store the relevant data. The designs of these systems are perfect for problems like chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, congestive heart failure, asthma and other such lung related problems and medical conditions.
These systems can also be used on a daily basis to understand the overall health of the other members of the patient’s family. Individual profile can be maintained to store the data that is generated by evaluation.