Saturday, October 28, 2006

Consumer Health World Blog >> Technology is an impetus for change in consumer healthcare behavior

Consumer Health World Blog >> Technology is an impetus for change in consumer healthcare behavior: " Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a terrible disease. It is also an ideal condition to illustrate how powerful technology can be as a tool to change health care consumer behavior, improving care and lowering health care costs at the same time.
These days, our standard approach to CHF patients involves caring for them in their home by supplying them with a technology set that includes a digital scale, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter and a series of questions about their activities of daily living. The patient is responsible for gathering this data set daily. There is some magic that occurs when one gives the patient responsibility for this aspect of their care and educates them about the meaning of their vital signs and their relevance. Patients begin to take charge of their health, adhere better to their care plan and, particularly, pay more attention to their dietary salt intake. As one of our patients says, “I can’t cheat anymore. They’d have a nurse out here in a minute.”

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