Telemedicine is a term used to describe the use of technology to provide medical care remotely. With this service in place, patients are able to communicate via video and audio, although at a distance, with health care providers. The goal of these types of programs is to improve patient outcomes by increasing adherence to medical recommendations and improving communication between providers and patients. This technology can be used to provide care for people with various health issues, including people with diabetes, who live in underserved areas or who have limited access to health care. B&B Community Impact Center offers affordable primary care to individuals in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.
Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body utilizes food for energy. The body breaks down food into glucose and insulin is released to help move the glucose from the blood into the cells. When someone has diabetes, their body either can’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin properly. This causes blood sugar to increase in the blood. Diabetes can cause serious health problems if it is not treated. Some of these symptoms include feeling tired all the time; frequent urination; blurred vision; increased thirst and hunger; slow healing cuts, sores or infections; numbness/tingling in your hands and feet; unexplained weight loss; and more.
Using Telemedicine for Diabetes
People with diabetes can benefit from using telemedicine. Through this system, people with diabetes can connect with health care professionals who can help them manage their diabetes. This means that people with diabetes can receive care from professionals without having to leave home. In addition, these experts may be able to monitor diabetic patients’ health conditions remotely using electronic medical records or other tools. And, if needed, they might even prescribe medication via email or phone calls. For those folks who suffer from type 2 diabetes, it is still important to work closely with your healthcare provider, so they can develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.
A study published in the journal “Telemedicine and e-Health” found that people with diabetes who received care via telemedicine for blood sugar levels fared just as well as those who received care in person. The study looked at data from over 9,000 people with diabetes who received care from one of three providers: a primary care doctor, a nurse case manager, or a certified diabetes educator. Participants in the study were randomly assigned to one of the three groups.
Overall, telemedicine provides a valuable service for people with diabetes by providing access to health specialists who can help manage their condition. For people who live in areas that do not offer sufficient health options or who have difficulty getting to the doctor, telemedicine can be a life-saving service. It is important to find a reputable telemedicine provider who has experience of treating diabetes and who offers a high level of customer service.
If you are a loved one, living in the DFW area and need primary health care, please contact B&B Community Impact Center at www.thecommunitynps.org or call (469)912-0411. For your convenience, we also offer house calls.