Monitoring technology allows people to track their health indicators and access their own data, either using consumer devices like Fitbits or with interventions prescribed by professionals.
While consumer devices tend to be catered towards promoting wellness and fitness, professional monitoring tools are often used to manage care for patients with chronic diseases – like diabetes or heart failure, although they can also be used to encourage behaviour change. Patients can share data with their doctor, who can help them to monitor patterns in their conditions and take action before things get worse – for example by increasing their medication dose. This also allows professionals to capture data over time, enabling them to spot trends and intervene proactively.
- Can make case load easier to manage
- Good patient experience
- Can improve patient engagement and self-management
- May help manage demand
- Patient engagement can deteriorate
- There may be professional resistance