Disease Management in Healthcare

24 January, 2020


While some diseases may have a definite cure, others have no known cure. Terminal illnesses like cancer have few known medicines, which make them very hard to treat. As such, there is a need for a different method of managing these illnesses, which makes the Disease Management System a fundamental approach. Pronix provides effective Disease Management Systems. Disease Management Systems by Pronix shows patients how to manage and live with chronic diseases. The process involves teaching the patients how to lie responsibly and understand how to avoid the severity of their conditions. They can, therefore, prevent the exacerbation of their health conditions. One example is on diabetes patients. Diabetes is one of the chronic conditions, which has no proved cure. The symptoms of the disease or the exacerbation of it can cause other severe health problems or death. However, patients with diabetes can live a long and healthy life when they manage the condition effectively. Managing diabetes condition involves teaching the patients how to keep her blood sugar levels in check and within a healthy range.

This concept grew in the mid-2000s, from the desire to better the patient's care and decrease the increasing health care expenditures due to chronic conditions. In 2005, studies by the Health Policy Institute of Georgetown University found that 44% of Americans in homes had chronic conditions. Secondly, the chronic conditions' treatment accounted for over 78% of the country's total expenditure. As such, better disease control methods would improve the patient's welfare and decrease the spending on these conditions.      

Best Practices and Tools

Various practices apply to the Disease Management Systems developed by Pronix. One requires the identification of the diseases that can be addressed through the programs. Most of these conditions are chronic conditions. Secondly, there needs to a productive collaboration model, where various medical professionals come together to help in the process. Physicians, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and other health professionals need to take part, and their combined contribution directed to the patient's disease management. Educating the patients about the disease management process is a vital part of the program. Pronix will contribute to the disease management system by improving the collaboration of the health care providers and patients. The patients need to know the things that they should avoid and those that they should embrace. It should teach self-management to the patients such that they will need the doctor's assistance only when the situations are difficult. Finally, measuring the outcomes of the programs, its effectiveness, and reporting the findings is a vital part of the program. It helps in understanding the necessary changes.

Targeted Conditions

The Disease Management program focuses on various diseases. Some of them include Heart Disease like hypertension and heart failure, chronic pulmonary disease, and other lung diseases, diabetes, liver disease cancer, arthritis, obesity, asthma, and various mental illnesses. One can live a healthy life even after a diagnosis with these conditions.  Pronix should be a big part of the disease management on these conditions. One big role is in the intervention of Heart diseases like hypertension and heart failure. These diseases are increasing around the world and Pronix’s contribution to managing them may have a significant impact on the patients. 

Disease Management's Effectiveness

Though Disease management has not shown significant cost decrease, it has shown positive results for the patients. Various trials on disease management, including chronic pulmonary diseases, have shown that there is a decrease in the emergency room visits by the patients. This means that there was a decrease in the number of emergencies arising from these chronic conditions. As such, like any other method of treatment, disease management aims at bettering the patients' conditions, minimizing healthcare costs, and preventing deaths. Therefore, Pronix’s can create an effective disease management program, whose result would reduce the costs of medical expenses and impact positively on the patient’s health.

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