For those people with long-term illnesses and health problems, self-monitoring is becoming very popular and therefore digital health is essential to help with this.
Here are the 5 biggest benefits of digital health.
The ability to self-monitor means that individuals can manage their condition in their own homes. Many health providers now offer a variety of different ways for people to contact and submit information to their GP. This includes telephone, online, text or app. In today’s busy world, this is of huge benefit for those that struggle to fit in appointments around work and home life.
Peace of Mind
A huge benefit of digital systems is that patients’ health can be monitored by healthcare professionals between appointments. Therefore, if the healthcare professional has any concerns they will contact the patient immediately.
Self-monitoring offers people more insight into their condition, and this allows patients to have greater knowledge and understanding of their health. Therefore, this empowerment allows people to maintain healthier lifestyles and make better choices about ongoing healthy lifestyle choices.
More Informed Decisions
When self-monitoring is linked to GP’s systems, it means healthcare professionals have access to a stream of data based around their patients’ health. Therefore, this improves information sharing and results in better communication around patients’ healthcare needs. It also helps early identification so that any concerns can be addressed quickly and effectively.
Reduce Unnecessary Appointments
Self-monitoring can improve spending in the NHS by reducing the number of appointments in person. However, it can also improve costs for the individual such as travel expenses, parking and time taken from work. In addition, to the financial benefits, self-monitoring also helps reduce the workload demands on healthcare professionals. Inevitably this means that healthcare services can reach and treat more patients, but without compromising the quality of care.