Written on December 20, 2022 by Sendra Yang, PharmD, MBA. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.
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Diabetes is a chronic severe condition that impacts how food is broken down in your body into sugar and released into the bloodstream . More than 37 million adults in the United States are estimated to have diabetes. Diabetes is the number 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputation, and adult blindness and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes . Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. Type 1 is an autoimmune response in which the body attacks itself and stops making insulin. Type 1 diabetics need to take insulin every day to live. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed in adults and is a result of the inability of your body to use insulin adequately. Type 2 can be managed with weight loss, a healthy diet, exercise, and medications. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women without a history of diabetes. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after having the baby; however, it can increase the risk for type 2.
Managing your diabetes can be challenging. Keeping sugar levels within your target range will help prevent and delay health issues such as vision loss and kidney disease . You can check your blood sugar levels through a finger stick with a glucometer or a continuous glucose monitor. You can also get a test called a hemoglobin A1C test, or HbA1c, which looks at your average blood sugar levels over three months. Another way to monitor and keep a check on your blood sugar levels is through remote patient monitoring.
Remote patient monitoring is the use of technology to allow for health data to be sent to your healthcare provider to track, review, diagnose, or manage your disease and condition from a different location. Remote patient monitoring is usually performed via telehealth, outside the traditional healthcare environment (in-person clinic office visit) [3,4]. Various technologies like mobile applications and devices like glucose meters or blood pressure monitors make remote patient monitoring possible. Conditions and symptoms that can be followed with remote patient monitoring include :
Remote patient monitoring is a service that can be performed through telehealth or telemedicine . As telehealth expands, more remote patient monitoring will more likely be implemented because of :
The need for effective management of diabetes is imperative to prevent serious long-term complications . The goal of diabetes management is to keep blood sugar levels within a normal range as much as possible to reduce symptoms and minimize the risk of future complications. Telehealth and remote patient monitoring allow you to send your blood sugar levels to your healthcare provider at an offsite monitoring center for evaluation and management [4,5].
Several studies have investigated telehealth and remote monitoring of diabetic patients [5-10]. One study found that patients who had more frequent and regular participation in remote monitoring had lower HbA1C levels at the end of the program . Another study suggests that telehealth with remote monitoring may improve diabetes management regardless of primary care office visit frequency . A review study found that telehealth interventions, including remote patient monitoring, have a significant improvement in HbA1C levels compared to usual care .
The advancement of technologies and the ability of healthcare providers and patients to use this technology have expanded telehealth and transformed remote monitoring [7,8]. Telehealth and remote patient monitoring have several benefits for diabetes:
For a remote health option, Everlywell offers Virtual Care Visits. You can easily schedule a telehealth video call with a certified healthcare provider with Everylywell. You can further discuss your condition and the monitoring tests available to you at Everlywell.
Note that Everlywell's Virtual Care Visits are not for patients experiencing life-threatening symptoms or patients who have already been diagnosed with a condition and who are interested in recurring prescriptions or ongoing management of a chronic condition.