The remote exchange of data between patients and their clinician
Technology is helping patients become more engaged in managing their own health and manufacturers are keen to leverage these new opportunities in order to improve delivery of care. Smart and ‘telehealth’ devices facilitate the remote exchange of data between a patient at home and their clinician to assist in diagnosis. Telehealth services are being used by more and more patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, COPD, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In 2014 13% of patients in the UK reported that they used smart phones and apps to monitor their health. Earlier this year that figure had increased to 36%.