In the last couple of years, there has been a move towards embracing a more comprehensive account of telehealth, in particular. Telehealth has been defined as a service that ‘uses equipment to monitor people’s health in their own home… [monitoring] vital signs such as blood pressure, blood oxygen levels or weight. 

This significant increase in the adoption of telehealth as a means of delivering healthcare services has been partly due to COVID-19. Telehealth refers to the use of digital communication technologies, such as videoconferencing, remote monitoring, and mobile health apps, to provide healthcare services remotely.

Remote monitoring is a key aspect of telehealth. It involves the use of equipment, such as blood pressure monitors, glucose meters, and pulse oximeters, to collect data on patients’ vital signs and other health indicators in their own homes. This data is then transmitted to healthcare providers, who can monitor the patient’s health status and provide guidance and treatment as needed.

Remote monitoring has several benefits, including improved access to care, reduced healthcare costs, and increased patient engagement and satisfaction. It also enables early detection of health issues, which can lead to timely intervention and improved health outcomes.

Remote monitoring in healthcare is indeed expanding rapidly, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while this technology has several benefits, such as increased accessibility to healthcare services and reduced costs, it can also lead to a decrease in personal contact between patients and their healthcare providers.

Remote monitoring allows patients to receive medical care from the comfort of their own homes, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals with chronic illnesses or mobility issues. However, this means that patients may not have as much face-to-face interaction with their healthcare providers, which can affect the quality of care they receive.

To mitigate this potential issue, healthcare providers can use telemedicine technology to conduct virtual consultations with their patients, allowing for more personal interaction even when physical contact is limited. Additionally, healthcare providers can use remote monitoring data to inform their in-person visits and make more informed decisions about patient care.

Overall, remote monitoring technology has the potential to improve healthcare accessibility and quality, healthcare delivery and improve health outcomes for patients, especially those in remote or underserved areas. but it is important for healthcare providers to find a balance between virtual and in-person interactions to ensure patients receive the best possible care.

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I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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