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5. Encourage Diabetics to Embrace Healthier Behavior
In the United States, healthcare costs related to diabetes-multiple inpatient and outpatient visits, for example-are close to $100 billion a year. Research from the eHealth Initiative suggests that telemedicine improves the health of diabetics, especially older adults.
To succeed, two things need to happen. First, a physician's interaction with a patient must boost self-efficacy, or the belief that the patient can, in fact, engage in activities that improve glycemic control.
Second, treatment plans must set goals for successfully changing patient behavior-which is becoming increasingly easier thanks to mobile health technology that helps patients count calories, keep an eye on vital signs, log workouts and monitor medication doses and schedules-and nurses and dieticians must check in with patients regularly to monitor their progress.
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6. Empower Patients to Manage Chronic Conditions
This diagram shows how information would flow in a home-based system for managing a patient with inflammatory bowel syndrome. (Image courtesy of InTech.)
In the former case, something as simple as routine three-minute phone calls with a health care provider will encourage patients to take blood pressure medication, refill prescriptions and remember their appointments-all of which reduces the number of inpatient and ER visits they must make.