Cardiovascular diseases affect almost half of all adults in the United States and are the leading cause of death globally. And while providers are adept at treating conditions like heart failure, hypertension and arrhythmias, effective disease management is far from guaranteed.
Connected devices and cloud-based digital solutions can play an important role in helping providers better care for patients with cardiovascular conditions.
DISPARATE DATA SOURCES
While many cardiovascular patients may already be using devices like smart blood pressure cuffs, ECG monitors or smart scales, the captured data is often siloed within a device-specific ecosystem, making it difficult for providers to get a holistic view of a patient’s symptoms.
LIMITED PROVIDER VISIBILITY BETWEEN VISITS
Managing cardiovascular conditions doesn’t just happen in the doctor’s office. Most patients are taking daily medications, engaging in regular monitoring and pursuing lifestyle changes. But, providers rarely get updates on a patient’s progress until they come for a visit.
HIGH FINANCIAL BURDEN FROM ADVERSE EVENTS
When adherence slips, care tends to be reactive instead of proactive. That means patients end up in the emergency department more frequently, adversely affecting their quality of life and costing patients and payers a lot of money.
For patients, the value is the routine and constant connectivity of activities to healthcare providers. For clinicians, it’s the better overall management of patients [and] identification of patients as they begin to worsen for intervention.
- Commercial brand lead, Top 15 biopharma company
Digital solutions allow patients to self-report symptoms anytime, anywhere–not just during regular office visits. When this data is paired with lab work and delivered right into the EHR, providers have a better picture of a patient’s well-being.
Connected medical devices such as blood pressure cuffs, weight scales and pulse oximeters can provide a more holistic view of a patient’s health…if the data is integrated. With device data displayed on a singular provider dashboard, the care team can proactively track disease progression and the effectiveness of interventions.
In cardiovascular diseases, adverse events can happen quickly and sometimes unexpectedly. When connected devices alert providers to symptoms that could indicate an impending adverse event, they can reach out to the patient immediately to provide proactive care.