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Chronic care is one of the most challenging issues faced by healthcare systems across the world. According to WHO report, 60 percent of all deaths occur due to chronic conditions worldwide. The percentage of deaths due to chronic diseases varies from one country to another, depending upon the country’s healthcare infrastructure and practices of addressing those challenges.
Chronic diseases also have a deep impact on the healthcare costs of the country and add to the economic burden of the healthcare system. One of the main factors causing an ongoing rise in chronic conditions is the aging population. Technological advancement in healthcare sector has improved life expectancy of people. Lesser people are dying from infectious diseases and more people are living longer lives, and therefore in many cases, living long enough to develop chronic conditions. Chronic diseases not only affect the lifestyle of the patient but also the quality of life of people who provide care to the chronically ill family member.
As the population ages and more people are affected by chronic disease, there is a steep escalation in demands for healthcare resources. These demands bring some challenging implications for governments as they try to achieve a sustainable growth in the healthcare system. Thus, providing care to patients with chronic care is not only a case of clinical precedence but also a financial one.
Chronic diseases will continue to rise in the coming years in the US and worldwide. The objective for both healthcare providers and patients using home health solutions is to achieve optimal level of health via regular monitoring and self tracking. It will require patients to participate more in the wellbeing than just following compliances and medications prescribed by the provider. Patients will have to actively engage and take charge of their overall health management in order to enhance the quality of their health and life. On the care providers’ side, patient engagement via home health solutions will allow physicians to timely access patient information, therefore helping them more efficiently manage their patients through enhanced best practices and improving patient outcomes.
Successful chronic care management through patient engagement will require support from patients and healthcare professionals, patient education on chronic diseases, financial contributions from social, support from governments, innovation from technology companies and better coordination between developers and health providers. All these, put together, will have the potential to transform the healthcare system.