How Today's Medical Technology Can Make You Healthier And Happier

Martin Kopp

The technology of the modern era is making medicine easier, more convenient, less costly, and more effective for everyone. There are things that can now be done online that used to require making a trip to the doctor office. By using apps and videoconferencing on the computer or your mobile device, you can successfully manage your health. Your doctor advises you remotely. It is an especially great way for people with chronic conditions to manage their health.

Chronic conditions the traditional way

In the past, someone with a chronic condition required many trips to the doctor for checkups and medication refills. It is not like that anymore. All those trips to the doctor took a lot of time out of a person’s schedule. They also cost a lot of money, both in medical fees and in gasoline and wear and tear on the patient’s car. Depending on the person’s chronic condition, they may need to go to the doctor every month or even every few weeks. It is not a fun way of doing things, and it makes going on trips, or even having a job, challenging at best. It is no wonder that so many people with chronic conditions end up not managing their conditions well under the traditional method. They miss appointments and medication refills just to have a break and live their lives normally. They also do it to save money. This is not the best way for someone with a chronic condition to get by. Modern medical technology is making it easier, cheaper, and more convenient to manage chronic illness. This leads to more people taking better care of themselves, which is always a good thing.

How modern medical technology helps people better manage chronic conditions

Someone with a chronic condition can enroll in an online program for disease management at their doctor’s office or at a clinic. The management program may be administered by the doctor or clinic, or even by the patient’s insurance company.

Once they are enrolled, they usually get a secure app or website to use, where they can enter information about their health on a regular basis. Things like weight, amount of exercise they are getting, when they’ve taken their medication, the amount they took, their glucose levels, any side effects they are experiencing, what their symptoms are like, and a variety of other things.

Through the app, doctors have access to their patients’ information and can make recommendations and give advice about their medical care. Patients and doctors can make appointments (when an online evaluation won’t do), refill prescriptions, and schedule lab work through the app. Minimizing the patient’s need to come to the doctor in person saves a lot of time and money for both the patient and the doctor.

The beauty of real-time information

One of the best benefits of these medical apps is that they give doctors real-time information about their patients. This is especially important for patients with chronic conditions. If immediate medical attention is needed, the doctor can tell through the app. If a change in the care plan is needed, the doctor can do this quite easily through the app. If a patient misses taking a dose of medication, the app can even be set to remind them. The needs of the patient are met at the actual time they are needed, with no wait, improving patient health and well-being.

Sometimes, the patient needs to talk to the doctor. This can be done through videoconferencing on the app. The doctor gets to see the patient without the patient needing to travel to the office. Some diagnosing can be done though a visual of the patient in real-time.

Medical apps and insurance

Whether or not the app comes from an insurance company, patients’ insurance can be synced with it. This allows all billing to be done automatically, in the app’s background, including billing for appointments and medications. This results in less work for the doctor’s staff, who won’t have to spend as much time submitting insurance claims since the app will do it for them. Once the insurance has paid its part, the doctor or pharmacy can bill the patient for their co-pay or co-insurance.

Medical apps and privacy

Patients are naturally concerned about the privacy of their medical data, and these types of professional medical apps eliminate those worries. The apps are maintained by third-party cloud computing companies with expertise in secure data storage, including how to protect your data against the latest security threats. They also know how to ensure only the people who need to see your information, like the patient, their doctor, and their insurance company, can see it.

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Martin Kopp

About Martin Kopp

Martin Kopp is the global general manager for Healthcare at SAP. He is responsible for setting the strategy and articulating the vision and direction of SAP's healthcare-provider industry solutions, influencing product development, and fostering executive level relationships key customers, IT influencers, partners, analysts, and media.