A series of recent technologies have been proven to be effective in following up heart conditions. Data obtained through remote monitoring is fed to algorithms that can anticipate a patient’s care needs in time to prevent crises. This can go a long way in both protecting the patient’s health and relieving the burden on healthcare.
However, shifting from a reactive to a preventive treatment of chronic conditions requires more than just technology. It is crucial to develop a holistic vision of the patient and apply this vision in a care that functions -not in fits and starts, spurred by crises- but in a continuum.
Patients’ personal feelings and circumstances need to be taken into account too, and any valid holistic care will integrate them into the treatment, recruiting the patient and their loved ones as care co-providers.