Published on April 29, 2017

Fighting Obesity With Telemedicine

Fighting Obesity With Telemedicine

Telemedicine has many benefits –

it allows people in rural areas to receive specialist care, it gives doctors the chance to help more people, and it removes barriers for care, like a lack of transportation. Along with all of these benefits, by providing regular medical care, telemedicine can help people fight obesity and start living a healthier, happier life.

Telemedicine is moving into more and more communities with companies like ELA Health, and is giving more people access to care they previously lacked. This is especially beneficial to people who suffer from chronic illnesses like obesity. Instead of waiting for treatment and just dealing with their pain and mobility issues, patients with obesity can coordinate their care with telemedicine.      

In a recent study, rural doctors coordinated with experts in childhood obesity through videoconferencing and other methods to provide treatment to children with obesity. This study showed that, by working remotely with specialists, rural doctors “learned how to better assess patients’ weight, provide counseling on nutrition and physical activity, reorganize to provide better care, screen for risk factors, and implement strategies to effectively discuss body weight.”1 By the end of the study, the children who participated were eating better, were more active, and were watching less television. And all of this was accomplished by using telemedicine.   

Based on the findings of this and other studies used to connect obesity treatment with telemedicine, we can conclude that doctors who use telemedicine can learn new techniques to help treat obesity and provide innovative solutions to their patients in order to treat and educate them. This is especially important in rural areas where access to specialist care is often limited.

Telemedicine is changing the face of medicine and giving patients who suffer from a chronic disease like obesity new tools and techniques to use to help battle their illnesses.

And this doesn’t just benefit patients. By adopting telemedicine in their practice, primary care physicians can learn about new treatment options and innovations in healthcare that can help them better serve their patients and their communities. This also makes them even more important in the lives of their patients by giving these patients additional support and new solutions to their medical problems.

Before telemedicine, doctors in rural communities where the nearest specialist is miles away were limited to the options they could provide for their patients. Now that telemedicine is becoming more common in these small towns, primary care physicians finally have the resources they need to give their patients the extra attention and answers they’ve been looking for. This can help people fighting obesity, diabetes, or any chronic disease the support they need to overcome their illness and get back to living a full and healthy life.       

 

1. https://www.healthcare-informatics.com/article/using-telemedicine-obesity-management-rural-california


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