Chronic disease management and the use of remote patient monitoring
Eurohealth Volume 15 Number 1, 2009
Available online at: http://www.euro.who.int/document/OBS/Eurohealth15_1.pdf
“…..Chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, have substantial health and economic impacts. Routine consultations to monitor these conditions place a considerable strain on health service resources. Consequently, there has been an increased interest in utilising information technology to help manage patients.
– the use of remote monitoring – allows for the collection of routine information on the health status of individuals outside the doctor’s office and is the focus of
much of this issue of Eurohealth.
“……Chronic disease management (CDM) encompasses the ongoing management of chronic conditions over a period of time using evidence-based care. In an article on CDM in the
Four articles specifically address remote monitoring. In their article on the clinical perspective, Jillian Riley and Martin Cowie contrast traditional models of CDM with the inclusion of remote monitoring in a heart failure population, presenting both the clinical benefits and patient perspective. Paul Trueman tackles the economic perspective, describing the potential benefits of remote monitoring and commenting on the growing body of evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of such interventions. Michael Palmer and colleagues look at the European Commission’s adoption of a Communication to support the deployment of telemedicine for the benefit of patients, health care systems and society. Finally, James Barlow and Jane Hendy use the case of the
Other features in this issue include two perspectives from the European Commission. One discusses the EU Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border health care and its implications for the National Health Service in the
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