“There is no standard patient. Same with the medicine dose.”
Improper treatment is one of the biggest risks to patients’ safety. Being prescribed with the wrong drug is dangerous, and so is getting the wrong dose.
Medical professionals make sure that a medication is properly treating the patient’s condition in the safest and most effective way possible. Giving too much of a medication causes adverse effects; giving too little undertreats the condition. Thus, drug dosing is often not as standard as it seems; it must be tailored to patient’s condition, age, renal and hepatic function, and other vital parameters. Unfortunately, even though the process for making proper dose adjustments is well-established, clinicians still face difficulties in doing so.
Medication Errors with the Dosing of Insulin
Glucose control is critical in the treatment of hyperglycemia in both diabetic and nondiabetic patients. Insulin use, on the other hand, has been linked to more prescription errors than any other form or class of drug, according to studies. Between January 2008 and June 6, 2009, Pennsylvania healthcare facilities registered 2,685 prescription errors concerning the use of insulin products to the Authority. The most common types of medication error associated with insulin were drug omission (24.7%) followed by wrong-drug errors (13.9%). More than 52% of the recorded cases involved circumstances in which a patient might have received the incorrect dose or no dose of insulin (e.g., dose omissions, wrong dose/overdosage, wrong dose/underdosage, extra dose, wrong rate errors), possibly causing glycemic control problems.
Remote Patient Monitoring is being highly recognized a potential way to address this concern. COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for care medical professionals to utilize technology whenever possible. At the same time, it improves patient engagement and proper data monitoring, reducing the risk of medication errors.
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Here are the five components of a sound telemedicine listed by Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology:
- A process for accurate data collection in digital format
- An electronic medical record for data incorporation and remote transmission
- A set of protocols for distant data analysis
- A variety of communication tools to permit effective dialogue between patients and health care providers
- A system for automatically flagging and providing feedback for outlier data.
In diabetes care management, remote patient monitoring (RPM) can help patients take their medications with the right dosage and frequency owing to availability of accurate data and continuous communication with a care provider. For patients with diabetes, taking medication as prescribed and on the right time is important to improve their condition especially HbA1c levels.
Diabetes requires interpretation and predetermined responses to many types of data that can be measured by the patient at home. Remote patient monitoring enables patient self-management activities, such as glucose level monitoring and tracking.
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DrKumo provides next-generation RPM solution with glucose monitoring device powered by sensor fusion technology intelligent data analysis, enabling continuous and real-time monitoring. This innovative integration improves patient engagement and medication adherence, and eventually improve HbA1c levels.
As telehealth and remote patient monitoring rise, and as payers and regulatory bodies become comfortable with legal and liability issues inherent to this approach to home care, it is expected that diabetes remote monitoring will become increasingly adopted.
Just like diabetes, other chronic diseases like congestive heart failure, hypertension and obstructive pulmonary disease need careful medication and treatment plan. Hence, telehealth and RPM serve as a valuable tool that provides patient-generated health data necessary for continuous monitoring, reducing the risk of misdosing and medication errors.
About DrKumo Inc.
DrKumo is a technology leader in massively scalable, continuous, real-time Remote Patient Monitoring solution for Chronic Disease Management, Acute Care, Post-Operation, and Hospital Care At Home.
It solves the most painful problems in healthcare with a user-friendly solution powered by its state-of-the-art, HIPAA-compliant, mobile-enabled, continuous real-time monitoring, and AI/ML engine. Then company’s Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) technology enables patients to manage their health conditions in the comfort of their homes and supports healthcare providers with real-time intelligence for timely intervention. DrKumo revolutionizes the way people access quality health care across the world. With a culture that is innovative, collaborative, and technology-driven, DrKumo provides the most effective solutions to both patients and healthcare providers.