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11 Telemedicine Tools Transforming Healthcare

We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
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Independa, which provides telehealth services via a cloud-based care management platform, recently added support for Telcare's Blood Glucose Meter into its suite of remote monitoring applications and sensors for elderly patients. Independa said Telcare's BGM can be particularly handy for elderly diabetic patients who are on the go, travel, or are "snowbirds" who live in different parts of the country during various seasons of the year.

Glucose readings taken by the Telcare cellular glucometer, shown here, are automatically transmitted to Telcare's central server, with no need for cables or a smartphone. The Independa integration has Telcare securely transmitting the data to Independa's cloud-based caregiver Web app. That app provides a gateway for designated clinicians or caregivers to access the patient's readings via a dashboard on their computers. Clinicians and caregivers also receive alerts when readings hit specific thresholds set for each patient in the Independa system, allowing earlier intervention to prevent diabetic complications from developing.

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