A telehealth platform that enables providers to remotely monitor diabetic foot ulcers of patients at home helped eliminate major amputations and halve hospital admissions, according to a recent study by Kaiser Permanente.
The study, recently published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, highlights the value of connected care platforms in improving care management outside the hospital, clinic or doctor’s office. It also comes at a crucial time, with in-person visits curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic and patients with chronic conditions hesitant to connect with their doctors for check-ups or other services.
In the study, roughly 80 patients living with diabetes who’d had recently healed foot ulcers were enrolled in a year-long ulcer recurrence prevention program through Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, both based in Rockville, MD. Those patients were given a telemedicine mat developed by Podimetrics, which allowed them to track foot temperature every day at home and share that data with their care providers.
- Isaac AL, Swartz TD, Miller ML, et al
Lower resource utilization for patients with healed diabetic foot ulcers during participation in a prevention program with foot temperature monitoring
BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care 2020;8:e001440. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2020-001440
Study Gives High Marks to Telehealth in Managing Diabetic Foot Ulcers