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Telehealth Paper and Mind Map

Many fields have in recent times experienced a surge in the use of technology and technological applications to accomplish the expected goals. Healthcare has not been left behind as various technological applications have been used to improve patient care and security and address continually rising healthcare costs (Meskó et al., 2018). One of such innovations is telehealth. Various aspects of telehealth as a technology have been applied in improving the quality of patient service to enhance clinical outcomes, address healthcare disparities, and reduce healthcare costs. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to explore the use of a specific technology that has recently been published.

Precis

As earlier indicated, telehealth has gained prominence in healthcare in previous years and recent times. Therefore, various researchers have focused on the use of telehealth in managing a spectrum of conditions. One of such reports is a research work published by Gal et al. (2020). This group of researchers focused on evaluating the feasibility of using continuous glucose monitoring by telehealth to improve access among patients with diabetes. They studied the impact of telehealth application among both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes patients. The continuous glucose monitoring system was offered to the patients through the mail (Gal et al., 2020). Besides, certified education specialists and diabetes care specialists offered instruction on the management of diabetes by using phone or videoconference.

Upon the implementation of the initiative, the researchers focused on days per week of glucose monitoring use as the primary outcomes and monitored the HbA1C values by comparing the baseline values and the values obtained after three months. The use of telehealth improved access to the use of continuous glucose monitoring, with every participant using the glucose monitoring by the fourth month, while ninety-four percent used it by the end of the second month (Gal et al., 2020). During the study, there were improved outcomes in HbA1c as there was a significant decrease in the values among the participants. In addition, the researchers observed improved benefits of continuous glucose monitoring using telehealth in terms of quality of life. For instance, they observed reduced technology barriers to the management of diabetes, improved satisfaction with glucose monitoring, and reduced diabetes distress (Gal et al., 2020). The findings from this research are important in that they underline the importance of using telehealth to improve diabetes care through continuous glucose monitoring. The use of the intervention can be integrated into the normal or routine care of patients with diabetes.

The Mind Map

Mind mapping is key essential in research, especially if individuals are to research and synthesize some knowledge connected to a particular interest. Therefore, mind mapping enables the researcher to arrange various points and highlights by formulating the main theme or topic and determining how it is connected to other ideas or new ideas, especially radially to help in better understanding the concept as a complete whole. Therefore, a mind map has been formulated related to diabetes and its management. This mind map can be found in the appendix. The mind map reveals various things and aspects regarding diabetes. Diabetes has various adverse impacts in a case where there is poor management.

The condition exists in two types, type 1 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes. Even though both type 2 and type 1 is chronic and may lead to higher blood sugar levels, in type 1, the patient’s body fails to make enough insulin for the body. Therefore, a patient has to get insulin injections for better outcomes (Xu et al., 2018). Comparatively, in type 2 diabetes, a patient’s body may be producing sufficient insulin, but the body fails to effectively use it, leading to the body fails to make insulin. Various management strategies have been employed in addressing diabetes among patients for better outcomes. While the normal care in most facilities entails the patients going for medication and using them at home, other innovative care strategies have been applied for even better outcomes, such as telehealth.

In the article by Gal et al. (2020), the researchers evaluated the impact of using telehealth to improve access to glucose monitoring. The telehealth aspects applied by the researchers include phone calls, emails, texts, and video training sessions. Besides, there was an involvement of a multi-professional team that helped in supporting the use of telehealth. The researchers observed substantial improvement within two months and four months of study as there were improved HbAc1 levels among the participants and the use of the continuous glucose monitoring strategy (Gal et al., 2020). It is worth noting that multi-professional team management has been shown to be successful in ensuring that the patients have better outcomes (Matthys et al., 2021). This information is vital as it can be used in this era where there is rapid technological growth. Therefore, the telehealth aspects discussed can be used to improve the management of diabetes among patients living with diabetes.

Poor management of lack of management of the condition may lead to other complications. Some of the conditions that can easily affect an individual due to the presence of diabetes include cardiovascular diseases, neuropathy, retinopathy, skin conditions, and hearing impairment, among others. Effective management of diabetes requires proper coordination among the care teams (Matthys et al., 2021). For example, a patient may need an adjustment on medication use and diet change. This can only be more effective if there is effective and timeous communication between the care teams.

Conclusion

Telehealth has played a significant role in improved and better management of various health conditions such as diabetes. While patients still have to collaborate with the care providers for better outcomes. The use of telehealth has greatly helped such a course, especially in this era of technological advances. A recently published article that reports the use of telehealth in diabetes management has been explored, with the researchers reporting that telehealth was instrumental in improving outcomes.

References

Gal, R. L., Cohen, N. J., Kruger, D., Beck, R. W., Bergenstal, R. M., Calhoun, P., … & Aleppo, G. (2020). Diabetes telehealth solutions: improving self-management through remote initiation of continuous glucose monitoring. Journal of the Endocrine Society4(9), bvaa076. https://doi.org/10.1210/jendso/bvaa076,

Matthys, E., Van Bogaert, P., Blommaert, S., Verdonck, L., & Remmen, R. (2021). Evidence-based early-stage type 2 diabetes follow-up in Belgian primary care practices: Impact of multi-professional teams and care protocols. Primary Care Diabetes15(2), 249-256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcd.2020.09.003

Meskó, B., Hetényi, G., & Győrffy, Z. (2018). Will artificial intelligence solve the human resource crisis in healthcare?. BMC health services research18(1), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3359-4.

Xu, G., Liu, B., Sun, Y., Du, Y., Snetselaar, L. G., Hu, F. B., & Bao, W. (2018). Prevalence of diagnosed type 1 and type 2 diabetes among US adults in 2016 and 2017: population based study. Bmj362. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1497

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