Chronic conditions can be something patients deal with for life and those that affect the digestive system can range from irritating to debilitating. Chron’s disease is one of the more common chronic digestive system conditions that affecst the gut, particularly parts of the large intestine, small intestine, or both. The cause of the condition is still quite a mystery, many theories attribute it to genetics and triggers that include bacteria, viruses, diet, smoking, and even stress.
Ireland has a rather high rate of Chron’s disease with an estimated 5.9 cases discovered in 2011 for every 100,000 citizens when compared to 0.1-0.16 for every 100,000 worldwide. The disease is more prevalent in children than other chronic conditions that affect the digestive system. Chron’s disease often has two peaks in the lives of those affected. The first being between 15 and 35 years of age and a smaller peak between 50 to 70.
Chron’s disease can have numerous symptoms and signs, many of which may not be active all the time or at the same time. These symptoms include fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea, mouth sores, reduced appetite, blood in the stool, and inflammation. Sever effects of Chron’s disease can even lead to kidney stones, low iron, delayed growth in children, and inflammation of the skin, eyes, joints, bile ducts, and the liver. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Chron’s disease as of yet. This means the only way to manage the condition is to treat the symptoms and practice preventative measures. After observation, physicians often provide medication in conjunction with special dietary plans. In extreme cases such as bowel obstructions surgery may even be necessary. Because it is a chronic life-long condition that can’t be cured, it needs to be managed and observed, which can be done with a solution such as the Care.Wallet.
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 his 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 Cystic Fibrosis in Brazil.