The role and use of wireless technology in the management and monitoring of chronic diseases

Geisler, E and Wickramasinghe, N 2009, The role and use of wireless technology in the management and monitoring of chronic diseases, IBM Center for The Business of Government, Washington, DC, USA


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Title of report The role and use of wireless technology in the management and monitoring of chronic diseases
Author(s) Geisler, E
Wickramasinghe, N
Year of publication 2009
Publisher IBM Center for The Business of Government
Place of publication Washington, DC, USA
Subjects Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary Carefully monitoring and managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes, is a critical component in reducing emergency care and hospital stays. If care of chronic conditions is well-managed, studies suggest that the risk of complications and death can be reduced by up to 25 percent. Wireless technology, also called "telemedicine," allows diagnosis, treatment, and follow up for at-risk populations such as rural, poor, and elderly patients. The authors conclude their report with a series of recommendations to government leaders and public health agencies on expanding the use of telemedicine in ways that will reduce healthcare costs and increase the quality of life for those with chronic diseases.
Commissioning body IBM Center for The Business of Government
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