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Researchers weigh in about the telehealth patients need

According to a team from West Virginia University, more data is still needed about the optimal dose.

Researchers from the West Virginia University now have set out to determine the optimal level of frequency for telehealth appointments. It will work for patients with chronic conditions; According to a study in E-Health Telecommunication Systems and Networks, the team has reviewed the work. It concerns telehealth patients and their other related chronic conditions.

They have already found that the virtual care services are benefiting the patients more and more in case they continue for a year. However, they have said that more data is still required. With the development of the implementation of the knowledge for the community-dwelling individuals. It is especially for those who are having chronic conditions.

The systematic review of these 47 articles includes synchronous and asynchronous along with remote patient monitoring services. At least half of the telehealth is affecting one chronic condition.

The team has also found that regardless of their modality, the longer duration of telehealth services is also significant. Also, it is producing positive outcomes, compared to the shorter durations.

Researchers also explained that the optimal dose for the telehealth services means frequency with the format.

Within a follow-up program, Jennifer Mallow is delivering telehealth services to the West Virginians. She is also tracking all the relevant metrics. They are even collecting information related to the dose. They collect information about the time they spend with participants, time of remote monitoring, etc.

The study is also flagging that the danger of telehealth is even worsening with the digital divide. This becomes prominent if the patient demographic data is not collected properly.

The boost in telehealth is presenting many opportunities for investigators to determine its effectiveness in virtual care. However, more data is still needed.