Kwido helps chronic patients follow their treatments

     February 5, 2014
    By Javier Garcia

    Chronic illnesses are characterized by being sustained over time and having a slow progression, being more frequent among (although not exclusive to) the elderly. For this basic reason, geriatric care must focus permanently on the chronically ill and their welfare, given that the simple fact of having to live with an illness indefinitely steadily diminishes their quality of life.

    Generally speaking, there is room for improvement in chronic care, which should, therefore, explore different alternatives to allow as peaceful a life as possible for those affected. With 45{42375b4e2714ef72c5fc4d7e676c7408210af5bccbc5374aabaa9644cd347cc8} of the Spanish population enduring some form of chronic illness, resources allocated to prevent suffering should not only be tailored to individual needs to be effective in all cases, but also be as efficient as possible to avoid budgetary imbalances.

    Thus, one of the main areas for improvement focuses on the progressive implementation of care in a familiar environmentproviding the means and the adequate professionals to this end, without losing sight of the goal of continuous care. Equally necessary is the use of systems and techniques to improve adherence to treatments, which are not always followed as they should be, whether due to a lack of understanding, forgetfulness related to medication or other complexities that may derive from the illness itself.

    For these main issues, technology can contribute an alternative, ensuring the efficient use of available resources and improving the quality of services provided to users. In this regard, the elderly care platform via tablet, Kwido, incorporates resources to improve the lives of chronically ill patients and their caregivers, including:

    • Health monitoring from home.
    • Remote programming of health parameter alerts at home.
    • Management of medication reminders.
    • Checks and questions to ensure treatment is being followed correctly.
    • Video call service for direct contact and to solve any doubts.

    In addition to the benefits of adherence to treatment itself, these applications enable the patient to receive care in their usual surroundings, allowing greater privacy for those who are more self-conscious about their illness, whilst reducing the likelihood of stress, which could affect treatment, and minimizing the costs of unnecessary travel. Moreover, beyond patient welfare, the applications also have a positive influence on the perceived quality of service thanks to customized care, which can be provided to more patients without increasing costs.

    The gradual introduction of ICT innovations in both health and social care services brings us closer to truly comprehensive care for all, particularly the elderly and chronically ill.