Telemonitoring boosts the quality of therapy while at the same time enhancing patients’ quality of life and reducing costs in the health system.
Telemonitoring assists patients with home diagnostics by making it easier for them to record and transmit their vital signs, at regular intervals and without leaving gaps in their records. This is because the values measured with the telemedicine equipment (e.g. blood sugar, blood pressure, weight) are transferred automatically and stored on a telemonitoring platform. For the patient, therefore, measuring and sending the data is extremely simple and convenient.
Telemonitoring reduces the patient’s need for doctor’s visits and stays in hospital. During a course of therapy, telemonitoring can help to avoid complications and secondary diseases. A further advantage of telemonitoring for the patient is that there is no longer any need for handwritten documentation of measured data. Patients have a better overview of the progression of their disease or of the healing process.
Telemonitoring improves interaction between the patient and the doctor in charge of treatment. Above all it makes it easier to notify the doctor of important additional information such as changes to well-being or to medication, the occurrence of symptoms etc.
Telemonitoring has a motivating effect on patients. The awareness that the data will be evaluated and will be seen by the doctor increases a patient’s willingness to participate actively in the treatment.
For doctors, telemonitoring is an excellent means of managing patient data precisely and cost-effectively. Simplified data management (in light of the obligatory documentation requirement) and the associated savings in time and costs offer significant added value for hospitals. As the data are stored electronically and fully automatically, errors in data acquisition can be avoided.
Furthermore, telemonitoring opens up new avenues in treatment opportunities. Doctors are given the chance to observe how their patients lead their lives and, with that, to monitor their state of health. They also have the possibility of intervening to correct a treatment or training plan without delay. In many cases doctors see their patients at only irregular intervals, but often it is vital to have precise sequences of measurements in order to classify symptoms accordingly.
Telemonitoring allows the patient to be closely monitored without constantly having to come into the practice. Telemonitoring can motivate patients to take measurements which they would otherwise not do, or to comply with their doctor’s instructions. Data quality and transparency of measured values are both improved with telemonitoring. For treatment to be successful, it is crucial that the patient data is complete and accurate. In practice, however, it is often the case that patients are unable to present a complete set of documentation with no gaps, and sometimes mistakes are made in measurement or figures are made to look better than they really are. Telemonitoring rules this out.
The use of telemedicine platforms has a positive impact on health care. It improves patient treatment by making therapy more precise, thus reducing costs in the health system.
Faster and more precise therapy management ⇒ avoidance of consequential harm ⇒ cost savings
The measurement of all kinds of vital data via telemonitoring allows medication to be dosed more precisely, and the unnecessary administration of drugs can be avoided. Telemonitoring also helps patients to adhere to their medication regimen, which also plays a part in saving costs in the health system. Monitoring significantly reduces the number of regular visits to the doctor. This means a better quality of life for the patient while simultaneously relieving the burden on health finance.
Faster and more precise management of treatment prevents secondary harm and saves costs. Telemedicine can help to reduce hospital visits and prevent costly medical interventions.
A large proportion of the expenditure in any health system goes on treating patients with chronic diseases. If people are suffering from a chronic condition, continuous monitoring of their state of health enables negative trends to be detected at an early stage, so preventive action can be taken immediately. This significantly improves the health and quality of life of the chronically sick. The benefits include fewer days of illness and less time off work.