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By Stephanie Musal • January 26, 2018

Rethinking Chronic Disease Management

Rethinking Chronic Disease Management

With a huge push for technology improvement in the healthcare space, there have been major changes in the way the industry is approaching chronic disease management. Managing a chronic disease like cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or respiratory disease requires complicated and often concurrent treatment protocols. As a result, the majority of patients living with a chronic disease feel like they could be doing more to manage their condition. 91% of patients living with a chronic disease say they need help managing it. This can be especially challenging considering healthcare's disconnected state. 

Traditionally, to help a patient manage their care it would require an enormous amount of leg work from a physician and the medical care team to follow up on each and every patient. Or it puts the burden of fully understanding a disease and knowing when to ask for help on the shoulders of the patient. This increases the risk of readmission, unfavorable outcomes, and/or the need for acute care.

However, with the introduction of more healthcare focused technology, setting up a customized connected disease management program can result in better informed patients, reduced readmissions, and improved outcomes among patients with chronic diseases.


What is Connected Disease Management?

Connected Disease Management is the implementation of technology to empower patients and care teams to stay connected on a day-to-day basis through patient generated data, provider treatment plans, patient education, and provider alerts for interventions with patients showing high risk symptoms of needing readmission or acute care.


Why Connected Disease Management for Chronic Conditions:

Connected Disease Management is a core area of interest for virtually all stakeholder groups in healthcare. The reasons are straightforward:

  1. An aging population is confronted with an increasing number of chronic diseases
  2. Patients, caregivers, and providers are managing these conditions in an effort to maintain quality of life and avoid catastrophic events
  3. The cost of achieving positive outcomes in chronic disease management is becoming more overwhelming (the top 10 conditions represent approximately $2 trillion in disease management costs annually)
  4. Historically high-mortality conditions such as cancer, immunologic disorders, and neurologic diseases are being managed long term as new therapies offer the potential for cure or prolonged survival

Given the above, now, more than ever, healthcare technologies are playing a pivotal role in moving patients and caregivers from a passive to an active role in disease management, while allowing providers to choose the most appropriate interventions for the evolving needs of their patients.

CloudMine is Your Connected Disease Management Tool-Kit

The CloudMine Connected Health Cloud plays an important role in creating a secure and scalable environment for the integration of existing and emerging technologies to reshape the model and expectations around disease management.

Interested in learning about how you can build your conected disease management tool-kit? Sign up for our webinar here