Parkinson’s disease is a gradual disease of the nervous system, which is noticeable by muscular rigidity, tremor, and imprecise movement. It mainly affects middle-aged as well as seniors. This disease has been on the rise in the United States of America, where about 1 million people are living with it with 60,000 other new cases that are reported annually.
It has been reported that about 40% of individuals suffering from this disease are not able to see a neurologist within the first four years of the diagnosis. This could be as result of the few numbers of professionals in this area. Some patients end up suffering limited mobility as the disease continues to advance and therefore limiting their chances of acquiring medical appointments. People with Parkinson’s disease also enjoy some benefits of seeing a specialist frequently just as other patients who battle chronic illness.
This is quite helpful and can prevent any chance of them developing a hip fracture and losing their independence.
The introduction and use of teleneurology have helped so many Parkinson’s disease patients to have regular access to specialty care. It is a technology that enables specialist to see patients at their residences or nurse-managed clinics in certain areas. The technology that operates similarly to Skype is also compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
A tremendous growth in the entire telehealth sector has been witnessed since the introduction of this new telemedicine method. More support has been shown by close to 30 states that have established laws asking private insurers to extend their cover policies to telehealth services too.
This telemedicine service has been used by professional neurologists to offer follow-up care to patients at various clinics in different locations. Another service that can be provided through this is concierge-type teleneurology where patients can pay with their money for a practical visit at their homes.
A large number of people have responded positively to this service that is now spreading worldwide. In the United States of America alone, some Parkinson’s disease patients that is higher than 1 million stands to benefit from this. This is a real improvement in the health sector and should be supported and encouraged.