Acute pancreatitis is a well-known condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed, and it happens quickly over a short period of time. According to the The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) its annual global incidence rate is 4.9–73.4 cases per 100,000 people, with Australia being at the higher end of the spectrum. Mild cases of pancreatitis may go away without treatment, but in severe cases it has the potential of being life-threatening. Despite the great advances in critical care medicine over the past 20 years, the mortality rate of acute pancreatitis has remained at about 10%.
In more than 8 out of 10 cases, gallstones or alcohol abuse are the main causes. The most common symptom of acute pancreatitis is severe abdomen pain. Other symptoms may include feeling nausea, diarrhea, and even intense discomfort in the abdominal area. Treatment for acute pancreatitis aims to help control the condition and manage symptoms the patient is suffering. In many cases, treatment involves hospital admission. Most people with acute pancreatitis get better within a week and are well enough to leave the hospital after a few days. Recovery can take longer in severe cases, as some people can develop complications.
Solve.Care’s Care.Wallet can be a powerful health management tool for patients struggling with acute pancreatitis. If experiencing any of the symptoms described above, a patient should see a family doctor or a general practitioner. With Care.Wallet, an appointment, both online and in-office, can be scheduled with just a few clicks. In the event a patient needs a ride to the facility, it can be booked via the Care.Wallet as well. With Care.Wallet a patient doesn’t have to worry about preparing for the appointment as all the medical records, together with current medications if any, are securely stored in the App, and can be shared with the doctor before the appointment. If during the appointment pancreatitis is diagnosed, a patient will be referred to a gastroenterologist via Care.Wallet. Prescription, medication, and any lab tests can be effectively managed in the App.
Blockchain technology assures a seamless and secure data exchange between all the parties involved. The App will significantly improve the care outcomes as patients with pancreatitis can track and share symptoms with a doctor in real-time that will allow the specialist to alter the treatment plan while helping to provide health advice according to the situation. With Care.Wallet’s Resource Center, the patient and members of his Care.Circle will have able to educate themselves on the condition and lifestyle changes required for getting well and avoiding it in the future. During the treatment and after the patient is well again, the doctor can still keep in touch with the patient via How Are You Feeling Today Cards, a comprehensive feedback tool embedded in Care.Wallet that significantly improves care outcomes for patients.
Care.Wallet is a truly remarkable example of blockchain utilization in the healthcare industry that improves healthcare management, patient outcomes and access to quality care for everyone. If you enjoyed this article, do take a look at our previous article Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Canada.
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