Breathing conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are a major cause of hospital admissions in Canada. They can lead to complications, frequent trips to emergency departments and long hospital stays. But innovative technology is making it easier to manage COPD, allowing patients to monitor and control their symptoms from home.
One of these technologies was recently highlighted on Boldly, a website run by Joule, a CMA company focused on health care innovations. Boldly featured an article about remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology that allows patients to observe and track their own vital signs, including their heart rate and oxygen saturation, and share the data with their doctors and other members of their health care team. When this technology was used in a pilot project, the number of hospital visits decreased and patients felt empowered.
Patients don’t have to be “tech savvy” to use the technology. Given the right tools, such as mobile tablets, and training on how to monitor their symptoms and collect self-assessment data, individuals are empowered to take control of their own health. They are often very enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn more about their condition and manage their own here.
To lean more about how RPMs are improving quality of life for seniors with COPD, read Joule’s full article on the pilot project here.