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Addressing clinical aspects for a patient is important, but in addition, the psychosocial and emotional factors must also be addressed to change patient behavior. These things become a barrier to changing behavior. However, if these are addressed and you can figure out how to solve for that, or have the patient solve for that, then you can be more effective at changing that behavior.
Are there learnings from diabetes that can be extrapolated to other disease states?
Yes. I think diabetes is a great example because it is such a complex condition to manage and it is something that requires constant management. It’s not something where you take the medication once a week and you’re done. You really have to be able to understand all the different lifestyle changes. And I think one of the key things that can help in terms of how you improve digital management is understanding the value that they have of pushing back and forth and providing a better picture to the patient, a provider, and a partner.
Digital is a way to help augment what the patient is able to do. Evidence-based tactics can help patients build skills set in self-management and problem solving. These can play a really big role in improving overall outcomes.
How can digital health be seized upon to improve the patient-provider interaction?
Digital health, when you break it down, especially when you think about some of the barriers the patients face in chronic conditions, they’re very similar. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, even though the conditions are treated differently. Use digital health as a way to supplement the skills that are needed for patients to do a better job about self-management and utilize that to broaden the impact that you have.
Additional panel members included: Rick Altinger, CEO, Glooko; Teresa McArthur, MS, RD, CDE, LDN, clinical director, Fit4D; and David Weingard, CEO, Fit4D.