Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that occurs either when the pancreas does not make enough insulin or when the body is unable to utilize the insulin it produces effectively. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar and diabetes can cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate, resulting in countless negative consequences.
A major part of successful diabetes treatment is through effective management and continuous monitoring of the whole care process. Telemedicine provides physicians the opportunity to equip their practices with the latest technological tools and provide their patients with the highest level of care.
Real-time Care Monitoring
Healthcare facilities are taking advantage of telemedicine and EMR Software to improve diabetes treatment in a lot of ways. One way is to provide patients with real-time care. Most of the issues that come with diabetes need immediate physician consultation. But not all cases require or can manage in-person visits every time a small problem arises. In such cases, telemedicine allows physicians to remotely interact with their patients face-to-face and note all the symptoms. In this way, real-time care can be easily provided in the form of e-Prescriptions (e-Rx) or other medicational information.
Improved Clinical Outcomes
Telemedicine improves the overall clinical outcomes and in case of diabetes, helps the patients lower their blood glucose levels. Research studies have backed this claim and a recent study showed cases where when healthcare was provided through telemedicine, an improved glycemic control (as evidenced by lower A1C results) was observed in patients suffering from type 2 and gestational diabetes.
Another research case which was recently published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association studied the results of two large groups of around 1665 Medicare diabetic patients. One group was delivered care through the use of Telemedicine while the other one was treated through in-person visits. After one whole year, the study found that the patients managed through telemedicine techniques showed improved blood pressure levels, glycemic control, and total and better LDL cholesterol levels as compared to the patients who had received care through the conventional channels.
Best Telemedicine Practices for Diabetes Treatment
There are some considerations and measures for selecting the right telemedicine platform and continuing to use it efficiently and safely in the interest of your patients. Some best practices are listed below:
- Set parameters and limits to the extent to which telemedicine will be used in healthcare.
- Develop a patient education plan and inform them off all the telemedicine practices.
- Invest a certain amount in staff awareness and training for best results.