A study coauthored by Stanford Healthcare and Included Health that was looking into the efficacy of digital tools in managing chronic ailments has found that telehealth services have had a net positive impact on patients with hypertension.
While digital health may be relatively new, the coronavirus pandemic was a game-changer for the field. With millions of people in locked-down areas and hospitals filling with coronavirus patients, a lot of people could not receive in-person medical care. However, thanks to digital tools such as phone calls and video calls, people battling chronic ailments were still able to stay up-to-date with their treatments. Data shows that digital health technology can help lower A1C levels and prevent prediabetics from progressing to type 2 diabetes, which only makes it clear that these tools work.
Early this year, Hello Health revealed an independent study showing that its digital cardiac app, which is powered by machine learning tech, helped patients avoid surgeries and invasive procedures. And just a couple of days ago, a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings showed that a digital-first treatment approach can be extremely effective when it comes to managing hypertension.
The peer-reviewed study revealed that 77% of patients had a mean reduction of -9.7 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure and -6.8 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure. Study co-author and affiliated clinical assistant professor at Stanford Medicine Dr. Shriram Nallamshetty stated that digital health had proven to be an effective way of providing better hypertension care.
This is especially crucial as recent reports show that the quality of hypertension care in the United States has been on a steady decline over the past decade. Moving forward, Nallamshetty argued that it was important to consider the ways digital health tools could improve how physicians combat chronic ailments.
Similarly, Included Health’s chief medical officer Ian Tong stated that data from the study had shown that virtual care could be an alternative solution to managing chronic conditions such as hypertension when in-person visits simply weren’t possible. He added that it was important to explore new ways to improve access to quality medical care for people suffering from chronic conditions, when they needed it. Included Health is focused on doing just that.
Birthed from the merger of Doctor on Demand and Grand Rounds, Included Health provides patients with a virtual primary care physician coupled with the option of virtual urgent care visits. Additionally, the San Francisco-based company can organize in-person visits with a medical professional if virtual care isn’t possible.
These studies validating the usefulness of digital tools in helping patients manage the chronic diseases afflicting them is a significant encouragement to companies such as Nemaura Medical Inc. (NASDAQ: NMRD), which are focused on developing cutting-edge technologies targeting patients with chronic disease indications.
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