Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

It is not just kidney patients that are active in pain management. I have chronic pain and I have found that doctors are very reluctant to give pain management! I always am actively trying to find a way to relieve my pain!


Editor’s note:Dr. Kaveh Safavi is the global managing director of Accenture Health.

Sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States are among the more active practitioners of disease self-management. It involves, among other disciplines, rigorous self-monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure levels, strict dietary discipline and, possibly, self-administering of insulin injections. It is a complex program of continuous diagnosis and treatment that also entails the regular communication of patient data to, and sharing among, multiple care providers.

Healthcare providers are of course using this data to help monitor and prescribe treatment. But they’re also beginning to integrate the data into patient electronic medical records (EMRs). In 2013, Boston-based Partners HealthCare, for example, became among the first U.S. providers to integrate CKD-related data from at-home devices with the electronic records held in its doctors’ offices. Home patients can access their data and track their progress on a…

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