using remote monitoring
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For purposes of this discussion, I have identified the trend of using remote monitoring which helps to enhance the provision of coordinated care. Especially for chronic conditions, it has become common practice to use remote devices to monitor the health of the patients and provide suitable care plans. For instance, diabetic patients are equipped with tools for continuous glucose monitoring. Another method that is increasingly used is the wireless technology to monitor the heart’s performance remotely. It guides the physician to utilize the real-time data to adjust the treatment plan where necessary even before the onset of symptoms and without any need for in-hospital appointments or hospitalizations. The use of remote monitoring is a trend that is supported by literature on healthcare delivery and the anticipated impact of this trend in healthcare. According to Murphy, (2018) the ability to monitor the patient’s condition remotely enhances the quality of care and improves clinical efficiency especially for chronic diseases such as heart failure, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation. According to Chen and Gao, (2014) they prevent complications in a total of 43 patients with an obvious ST-segment elevation with the use of remote cardiac monitoring. Based on existing clinical studies, there is evidence that remote monitoring can also result in reduced health care costs (Nangalia, Prytherch, & Smith, 2010). The patients are limited to minimal in-hospital visits for device evaluations, the rate of hospital admissions is reduced, and the length of stay per cardiac hospitalization is also lower (Murphy, 2018). It is apparent that remote patient monitoring is a trend that is anticipated to grow regarding complexity and suitability of the devices to meet the diverse health needs of patients in all specialties of healthcare. This ambulatory type of healthcare allows patients to utilize technology in performing routine tests and also using real-time data to enhance care provision. It reduces hospital visits for patients and also improves the quality of care provision. I believe that the future of remote monitoring is in empowering more patients and help to integrate health care into people’s daily routines which will ultimately enhance their quality of life.