Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a rather rare autoimmune disorder. CIPD presents itself with peripheral neuropathy that is progressive and can often be debilitating. It is important that CIPD is diagnosed early to avoid too much permanent damage to a patient’s nerves. Typically, around 50% of patients with CIPD present a weakness in proximal and distal motions.
There is an estimated 0.7 to 1.6 new cases of CIPD per 100,000 persons per year in the United States and 4.8 to 8.9 ongoing cases per 100,000 persons at any given time. (AJMC: The American Journal of Managed Care) CIPD is the most common of treatable chronic neuropathies around the world, but it is still rare. The median age for the occurrence of CIPD falls around 58 years old and more often affects men.
Treatment for CIPD consists of mainly drug therapies including corticosteroids, immunoglobulin, and therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE). Based on many factors such as severity and affected areas, physical therapy and improving muscle strength can help to prevent permanent disability. Observation and monitoring treatment responses are important when treating patients with CIPD because changes that negatively impact recovery may occur suddenly and treatment would need to be adjusted accordingly.
Digital healthcare tools like Care.Wallet can help patients to be better informed about the disease, preventative measures, and treatment plans by having access to them readily available. For example, it can be handy to have the European Federation of Neurological Societies and the Peripheral Nerve Society (EFNS/PNS) diagnostic criteria on hand to help with diagnosis in areas that lack the resources or expertise to otherwise detect CIPD.
Care.Wallet is a powerful tool that has the ability to have everything patients may need for successfully managing their health. If experiencing unexpected symptoms, a patient can book an appointment with a few clicks directly in the App. If a patient needs a ride to the facility, Care.Wallet has got them covered with a medical transportation solution embedded. If it’s not possible to have an in-office visit, Care.Wallet allows for booking online appointments via Global Telehealth Exchange.
With Care.Wallet the patient doesn’t have to worry about preparing for the appointment, as all their previous medical records are securely stored in their Care.Wallet and can be shared with all members of their care team in real-time. On top of that, Care.Wallet allows for symptom recording and management. Armed with all necessary the information, medical professionals can better evaluate the health condition of the patient and diagnose the problem. Prescriptions and referrals can be easily managed within the App as well. Care.Wallet has a comprehensive feedback function, called “How Are You Feeling Today” (HAYFT) Cards, that allows the patient to stay in touch with their care provider and report any changes to their health condition. In addition, the Care.Circle functionality provides an opportunity for the patient to have health information exchanged between all care professionals involved in their treatment. Family and friends can be invited to join their Care.Circle as well to support the patient in their recovery and stay updated about their current health situation.
Care.Wallet is a powerful health management tool designed to offer a new improved standard of care and will improve the way healthcare works by putting patients in control of their health management. If you enjoyed this article, do take a look at our previous article Osteoporosis in Norway.