A Guide to Remote Patient Monitoring and Diabetes

For a disease where missed readings can mean life-threatening consequences, Remote Patient Monitoring presents new opportunities for the easy, successful management of diabetes. The diabetes epidemic currently affects tens of millions of Americans and is one of the most prolific diseases of the 21st century. Modern advancements have had incredible effects on the quality of life of people living with diabetes. Yet, many gaps still exist in regard to accessibility.

David Medeiros
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The Problems Facing Diabetes Management

A large population of diabetic patients still face barriers in accessing the tools that would allow them to easily and safely manage their daily health with this disease. 

It is crucial to be aware of the initial symptoms of diabetes to promote early diagnosis and treatment. These signs may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Increased thirst
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased appetite
  • Numbness or tingling in the feet
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss

The recurring costs related to daily consumables, many of which are not covered by insurance, can be burdensome and can result in patients simply not having the data they need to effectively manage their illnesses. Moreover, many remote patient monitoring devices and services do not help reduce this burden.

This means that while we already have technology that solves many of the severe problems related to diabetes, Americans are still not accessing these solutions.


Service Solutions

Accuhealth offers a unique and socially responsible system for managing diabetes that positively impacts the healthcare industry as a whole. Unlike traditional healthcare models, Accuhealth provides unlimited, no-cost consumables and devices to patients who use their platform. This approach has a range of benefits for patients and healthcare providers alike.

One key benefit of Accuhealth's services is that patients take more readings, which enables doctors to have a more comprehensive understanding of a patient's ongoing medical care. This, in turn, allows for preventative approaches to treating diabetic patients, reducing the risk of emergencies and lowering premiums for everyone.

Furthermore, Accuhealth's system removes the barriers that often prevent patients from taking regular readings. By providing affordable and easy-to-use solutions, patients are empowered to take control of their health from the comfort of their own homes. This also allows doctors and patients to remain in constant awareness of a patient's health status and address any issues before they become emergencies.

Accuhealth's approach demonstrates that successful management of diabetes with remote patient monitoring is not solely reliant on new technological advancements. Instead, it is about designing existing advancements in ways that fill the gaps in service provision. By addressing the key challenges faced by diabetic patients, such as access to affordable consumables and monitoring devices, Accuhealth is able to create a solution that truly fits the lived realities of diabetic patients.

Through its services, Accuhealth empowers patients to take an active role in managing their health, while also providing doctors with the information they need to make informed decisions about a patient's care. This creates better outcomes for both patients and healthcare providers, resulting in improved quality of life and reduced healthcare costs.



Devices for Remote Diabetic Patient Monitoring 

Remote patient monitoring has transformed the way we treat and manage diabetes. With improved data collection, instant health alerts, and at-a-distance monitoring, it is now easier than ever for diabetic patients to effectively manage their day-to-day lives.

Remote patient monitoring allows for real-time readings of the glucose levels of people with diabetes. This directly helps to prevent complications that typically occur from irregularities within these levels, and alerts patients of issues before they become emergencies.

A recent study called “Supported Telemonitoring and Glycemic Control in People with Type 2 Diabetes” was conducted on 321 patients with diabetes. These patients were divided into two groups, with one using a telemonitoring/remote patient monitoring program and the other using traditional at-home diabetes reading procedures.

The telemonitoring / RPM group was able to remotely take their blood pressure and glucose readings, which were then sent directly to a group of clinicians via Bluetooth and SMS. The patients also had an accompanying application that showed educational information and feedback based on these readings.

Throughout the study, the telemonitoring / RPM patients saw a significant reduction in their blood pressure, and all kept optimal blood glucose levels. The alternate group of patients, who did not receive telemonitoring/RPM monitoring intervention, saw no reduction in blood pressure or consistency of stability in glucose readings.

This and many other studies illustrate the clear benefit telemonitoring / RPM has specifically for a disease such as diabetes. The nature of diabetes treatment, which requires constant monitoring and rapid feedback to prevent emergencies, makes remote patient monitoring technology a perfect fit for the lived realities of these patients.

While the recurrent analysis of blood glucose levels is critical in managing diabetes, there are still numerous methods of telemonitoring and remote patient monitoring that can be used for diabetic patients.


Continuous Glucose Monitoring vs Traditional Devices

While each of these devices is compatible with diabetic patient telemonitoring / RPM, the effectiveness of each varies based on patient profiles. This is largely based on the actual type of diabetes being treated. For patients with Type 1 diabetes, Continuous Glucose Monitoring is clearly superior. CGMs have been shown to drastically increase the quality of life for Type 1 diabetic patients, due to the ease and comfort CGMs create for monitoring their less frequent readings.

CGMs also create much-needed capacity for monitoring pediatric patients, who typically rely on a parent or guardian to help manage their illness. This form of telemonitoring / RPM allows caregivers to constantly access glucose readings, be alerted of issues, and make quick decisions based on these health statuses.

While CGMs work well for Type 1 Diabetes and are often seen as “more advanced” devices, the results from Type 2 patients tell a different story.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, with 90-95% of all diabetic patients having Type 2. The biggest difference for these patients as it relates to remote monitoring is the higher frequency of readings that are required.

Typically, patients with Type 2 diabetes are asked to take one to three readings per day. This becomes an issue with CGMs, as Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices require regular calibration, which is done by uploading a finger stick device reading. Because of the frequency of readings required for Type 2 diabetes, CGMs simply don’t make sense for these patients and would create redundancy in having to use a finger stick device regardless. For these patients, the best results have been found not in CGMs, but in improved finger stick monitoring devices.

Accuhealth’s products include a 4G LTE-connected glucometer that sends data directly from patients to doctors in real time. This removes the need for writing down readings and eliminates the requirement of tracking progress manually. Accuhealth’s services also provide unlimited and no-cost consumables refills for as long as a patient is active on the platform.

This means that while patients might still have to stick their fingers to get their readings, all the other pains of monitoring are removed.


Find out More About RPM Services

Overall, Accuhealth's system represents a significant advancement in diabetes management, demonstrating the potential for technology to address long-standing challenges in healthcare.

Find out more about Accuhealth’s diabetic RPM products and services, and how they’re creating effective, painless solutions for patients with diabetes at www.accuhealth.tech

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Accuhealth is proud to feature content from industry-leading experts that contribute in-depth knowledge of Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth subject matter to our blog.

David Medeiros

David Medeiros

David Medeiros is a Remote Patient Monitoring expert with 10 years of clinical, telehealth and home care experience, specifically in Remote Patient Monitoring. With his team, David has been able to develop RPM/Telehealth from the early pilot years, to the industry leading juggernaut that Accuhealth is today.

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