telemedicine helping with asthma and alzheimer's

Is Telemedicine Useful in the Management of Diseases Such as Asthma and Alzheimer’s?

When one thinks of telemedicine, they see an image of a physician helping a sick patient. That patient on the other end of the screen never seems to have any complex or life-threatening health concerns. But that doesn’t mean telemedicine is limited to well visits and follow-ups.

For many patients, emergency care is provided via telemedicine. The benefits of a virtual visit can affect anyone, but seem especially convenient to:

  • Parents of young children – Taking the kids out in the cold or late at night can be avoided with a telemedicine call.
  • Guardians to the elderly, or the elderly themselves – Just as with our young ones, it can be difficult to get our elderly loved ones in and out of the house for an appointment in inclement weather, or during the night if an emergency arises.
  • Busy individuals – Increase patient morale with little to no wait times, thus leading to greater reviews and referrals to your office. 

But it doesn’t stop there. As telemedicine has increasingly become more a part of the medical field, it has continually advanced. Recently, studies have been released showing indicators of certain diseases being treated and monitored using virtual treatments.

Asthma app monitors symptoms to reduce attacks

As an adult with asthma, one may find it easier to detect the symptoms of an oncoming attack and thus will be able to treat it accordingly. However, children may not have that ability. To children, these symptoms may not be so obvious.

According to digitalhealth, a new app has been developed to help children from ages 6 to 12 manage their asthma symptoms. A parent or guardian can input the child’s pertinent information into the app and then it will collect data that will help to better educate both child and family about their asthma.

In 2018, there were 1,400 deaths from asthma attacks and with new technology such as this, some of those unfortunate deaths may be prevented.

Virtual reality as a treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s dementia is a serious condition that primarily affects our elder generations. Each year, doctors diagnose around 10 million people with dementia, according to Medical News Today. Of those, 60-70 percent are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which can be a more severe type of dementia.

Though no cure for the disease has been found to date, researchers have found that virtual reality has been able to detect early signs of the disease. Cognitive testing through virtual reality has allowed researchers to better define biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease.

This study was performed at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and has yielded great optimism for the future of the disease.

Telemedicine and medical technology continue to improve the industry

Rapid advancements in the field of medicine continue to improve the lives of our patients. As medical doctors, we are able to provide the utmost care to those who instill trust in us and with our technology helping with studies like those listed above, the future for our field is bright.

To become a part of this patient-centric wave of medical care, you don’t need to be a researcher. Through virtual healthcare in the form of e-visits, you can significantly improve the morale of your patient…not to mention the reduced frequency of no-shows at your office.

To learn more about the benefits of telemedicine in your office, reach out to us today: info@physiciansgonewild.com. We offer retreats in exotic locations that allow you the mental escape of your rigorous workday while also giving you the tools to generate additional income from anywhere in the world.

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