Modern-day House Call

The last time you saw a doctor provide at-home care was likely on a black-and-white television show, but mobile technology has helped revive this relic of the past. mHealth solutions mean it’s easier than ever to stay connected to your doctor. mHealth, an abbreviation for “mobile health”, is a term used for the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices. This practice can help make managing a chronic illness simpler, and it allows your doctor to make real-time adjustments to your treatment based on your progress.

mHealth devices can help your doctor better treat some of the most common diseases.

If current trends continue, the Centers for Disease Control reports that by 2050, one in three Americans will be a Type 2 diabetic. Sometimes referred to as “adult-onset diabetes,” the Type 2 variety of the disease can often be treated with diet and exercise. Telcare, a Bethesda, Md.-based company, addresses this burgeoning problem by keeping doctors and patients better informed about daily blood glucose levels, helping lead to better blood sugar management. The company’s Blood Glucose Meter securely transmits your blood glucose levels over Verizon Wireless’ network to your physician to create a year-round culture of care for this chronic but manageable disease.

Chronic hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. The iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor allows you to track and manage high blood pressure with the help of a community-support system. This device wirelessly sends blood pressure readings to your computer or mobile device and creates charts that you can share with your family or your doctor.

Additionally, the American Lung Association reports that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is quickly becoming a leading killer, especially among women. Maintaining adequate blood oxygen saturation is vital for COPD patients to enjoy a high quality of life. The iHealth Pulse Oximeter Monitor measures blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate. This device painlessly and easily takes measurements, then sends data to your doctor. This information can help your doctor decide if the current treatment plan is working, or if adjustments are needed.