The One Thing That Will Have the Biggest Impact on Healthcare

Billions of dollars are spent each year on research to find the cure for thousands of diseases. This research is important, but I often think that simple things that are easier to make happen without extensive research are often overlooked.

Our current health system incents and promotes limited interactions with care. We are authorized for one “well” visit a year and if you have a chronic disease, maybe a few more. The rest of our interactions come in the form of an emergency or nothing at all.

“However, people with chronic diseases are making medical decisions everyday in the form of medication doses, exercise and nutrition regimens and more.”

Without some engagement with their care team on a more frequent basis, those with chronic diseases are relegated to short (often less than 20 minute) interactions each year with medical professionals, hardly enough time to dig in and identify ways to improve one’s self-management and overall outcomes.

But things are changing. Earlier this month the Connect for Health Act was unveiled by a bipartisan group of Senators. Yes, a bill proposed by senators from both sides of the isle – something that is rare these days!

This new law is designed to remove barriers to remote monitoring paying health systems and clinicians for engaging patients remotely, between visits, for overall better care. The bill seeks to create an opening for more providers to incorporate remote monitoring into their practices. The bill, proponents say, can generate $1.8 billion in savings over 10 years by decreasing emergencies and other issues that come about from the lack of more frequent medical support.

This is clearly both better for Americans and for the health system as a whole and can have a huge impact on all of our health moving forward because it can slow down or prevent the progression of chronic diseases that can lead to big health issues as people age.

This is truly exciting for us here at Glooko. The Glooko Unified Platform for Diabetes Management includes a mobile app to help people with diabetes better self manage their disease and at the same time, it provides the care team with a view of their population so that they can remotely monitor and support them when needed.  In diabetes, there are many specific use cases when an individual needs extra care in between visits. These use cases include everything from needing help after a recent diagnosis to managing diabetes in a child or elder parent, managing the optimization of a person new to insulin or working with a person with diabetes who was recently discharged from the hospital.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 12.50.05 PMHere at Glooko we have written an ebook all about Remote Monitoring for diabetes in order to help clinical teams who treat people with diabetes understand the scenarios and actions needed for remote monitoring.

You can download that book here.

Also, if you want to learn more about Remote Monitoring, join us for a webinar on the subject on March 22, 2016.

Do you think remote monitoring will have as big of an impact as I do?

Robin Beadle