Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic illness that’s characterized by inflammation in the lungs; it can even cause an obstruction in the lungs.
COPD’s symptoms include difficulty in breathing, excessive mucus generation, wheezing, and a persistent cough. Those who are diagnosed with COPD are at high risk of other chronic conditions like heart disease and lung cancer as well.
The most common cause of this disease is exposure to irritants and harmful gases, such as the smoke from cigarettes. Some of the most common conditions that persist alongside COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Is COPD treatable?
COPD is a progressive disease; however, with proper management, it’s possible for patients to control the symptoms and improve their quality of life. Telemedicine and patient engagement solutions play a significant role in ensuring that patients with COPD reduce their risk of developing other chronic conditions, so they can achieve faster recovery after being hospitalized.
Let’s take a look at how telehealth solutions such as remote patient monitoring and engagement can be beneficial for patients with COPD
Personal health records and vital data become more accessible
The medical professional can easily view the patient’s medical history and update information according to the patient’s condition using a comprehensive telehealth solution. They can receive automated prompts and reports for each patient as well, reducing the time it takes to begin treatment.
Sets regular reminders
Managing chronic conditions is a full-time job, and with daily reminders, the stress associated with it can be reduced.
This also helps the patient manage their health and practice preventative care. It can be helpful for scheduling appointments with the doctor as well.
Regular contact with medical professional
Patients can stay in touch and communicate with their doctors via videoconferencing and text messages to gain more information regarding their condition.
They can also have their vital signs checked and can discuss their results and test reports with the doctor more easily.
Useful for emergencies
Easy access makes it possible for patients to get in touch with the appropriate medical practitioner on time in case of emergencies.
They can receive medical assistance immediately by getting in touch with the service help desk. This reduces delays and response times that would otherwise be quite long if a patient had to physically reach the nearest healthcare facility.
TelASK COPD Tel-Assist aims to help patients manage their symptoms. It has been proven to cut down unexpected visits to the hospital and hospitalization among patients with COPD. It also has a 90% patient satisfaction in a two-year study conducted at the Montreal Chest Clinic.