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Telehealth monitoring provides a tool for closely tracking various chronic diseases. The core of telehealth monitoring is to use Bluetooth enabled devices or cellular devices to measure physiological data and share these data with healthcare professionals (HCP). It can be an effective way for patients to gain insight into their health status, comfortably track their status at home, and gather information needed to make a diagnosis or assess the effectiveness of a treatment plan. Telehealth monitoring can be used to track many different chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, or to evaluate the health of patients before making a diagnosis.

1. How does telehealth monitoring work?

Telehealth monitoring allows patients to collect data, such as their blood pressure or blood sugar levels, through HCP specified devices. These devices can be used at the patient's home to collect important health data according to the patient's own schedule. Bluetooth enabled devices or cellular devices transmit the data of each reading to the HCP so that doctors, licensed nurses or physician assistants can monitor the patient's condition.

2. What can telehealth monitoring measure?

Many chronic diseases can be monitored with telehealth monitoring. These include hypertension, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, diabetes foot and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Although not all devices used at home conform to telehealth monitoring, there are a variety of digital scales, blood pressure cuffs, blood glucose meters, spirometers and pulse oximeters available.

3. What are the benefits of telehealth monitoring?

Improve the diagnosis rate: Compared with the data collected during the visit, there are many more data points generated using telehealth monitoring, which can be used to establish a diagnosis or view the effect of a new treatment plan. With these more frequent readings, telehealth monitoring can show your HCP. If your condition fluctuates, it may be based on diet, sleep changes or other factors. Since the data is transmitted directly to your HCP, you don't have to worry about tracking values or keeping logs to share with them the next time you visit.

Comfortable care at home: Since telehealth monitoring can be used at home, it can adapt to your daily life, and there is no need to visit the office frequently. This is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it reduces the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses. It also means that you can regularly monitor your health even if your HCP office is far away.

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