If you are a person with a chronic illness, such as Cystic Fibrosis, having the ability to monitor your health and lung functions from home is very important. In a recent 2018 PMD Healthcare Survey of CF patients, it was revealed that patients with CF seem to agree on the top five benefits for monitoring their lung functions at home:
1. The ability to recognize exacerbations sooner.
Identifying health issues before they become worse is a major consideration for the use of remote patient monitoring devices. In a recent 2018 PMD Healthcare CF Patient Survey, the majority of CF patients stated that the top benefit for remote patient monitoring of their lung functions at home is the ability to recognize exacerbations sooner. Monitoring their lung functions remotely can help CF patients better understand their health situations which can provide them and their doctor/clinical care team with early warning signs of possible exacerbations. These early warning signs can be transmitted to their doctor and clinical care team in real-time so that early intervention can be performed. And, early intervention often times eliminates the need for hospitalization.
2. Provides improved peace-of-mind.
Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to managing chronic illnesses. Having the ability to monitor your lung functions at home between doctors' visits has been shown to improve patients' peace-of-mind. Of the CF patients surveyed, over 74% of them felt that having the ability to monitor their own health from home using remote patient monitoring devices would provide them with improved peace-of-mind and a greater sense of well-being.
3. Keeps me educated about my health.
You know the old saying, "Knowledge is Power". This is especially true for patients with chronic illnesses. Having the ability to monitor key health statistics using remote patient monitoring equipment helps educate patients about their health and helps them recognize "triggers" that can negatively affect their daily well-being. The earlier a patient sees a warning sign that could become a major health issues, the quicker they can receive the necessary medical assistance to prevent a situation from getting worse.
4. Provides convenience.
In today's hustle bustle world, people everywhere are looking for convenience in their daily lives. When it comes to the care and monitoring of patients with chronic illnesses, the same case applies. Being about to monitor a CF patient from home in between doctors' visits provides convenience not only for the patient but also for the caregivers. This is especially important to those patients who lack transportation resources. Having the ability to monitor their health statistics, sending them real-time to their doctor and clinical care team via a HIPAA-compliant web portal, provides added convenience to the patient and their families.
5. Puts the patient in control of their healthcare needs.
When a patient is diagnosed with a chronic disease, often times they feel as though they have lost control of their lives. The chronic disease defines them rather than the individual themselves. To help gain back control over their lives, remote patient monitoring devices give patients back the control over their healthcare needs, making them feel more empowered and self-reliant.