Prasad Kotambe
Senior Lead Business Analyst
Prasad Kotambe is a seasoned Senior Lead Business Analyst at Nitor Infotech. He's an IT professional from IIM, experienced in retail, manufac... Read More

In recent years, healthcare institutions, hospitals, and organizations have started facing significant challenges in disease management due to the complex nature of healthcare delivery and the evolving disease landscape.

One significant challenge faced by healthcare organizations is the high prevalence of chronic diseases, which necessitates long-term care and places strain on resources. Additionally, patients often face escalating healthcare costs due to expensive treatments, leading to concerns about access to care. This financial burden can discourage patients from seeking necessary medical help, posing a major challenge for healthcare providers.

So, what’s the solution?

Well, the solution lies around knowing every bit about chronic disease management and keeping pace with medical advancements, ensuring the entire organization is trained with new technologies.

So, I’m here to help you address such challenges with innovative approaches so that, you can manage your organizational resources and expenses and meet the evolving needs of patients and communities.

Let’s get started with the basics!

Understanding Chronic Diseases: Types & Impact

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines chronic diseases as health conditions that last a year or more, require ongoing medical care or limit daily activities, or both. People with chronic illnesses often deal with daily symptoms that lower their quality of life and can face serious health issues that may even shorten their lifespan.

According to a CDC study, around 60% of adults in the USA have at least one chronic disease, 
and this number is growing rapidly.

Here are some of the most common chronic diseases you should be aware of:

Common Chronic Diseases

Fig: Common Chronic Diseases

Here’s a key fact to consider:

The CDC reports that 90% of the nation's $3.8 trillion annual healthcare costs are linked 
to individuals with chronic diseases and mental health conditions.

It’s no surprise that the table below reveals the substantial economic costs associated with major types of chronic diseases:

Chronic Disease type Annual Economic Cost
Heart Diseases and Stroke $216B direct cost
$147B lost productivity cost
Cancer $174B cost of cancer care
Diabetes $237B direct cost
$90B lost productivity cost
Obesity $173B total cost
Arthritis $140B direct cost
$164B lost productivity cost
Alzheimer’s Disease $305B total cost
Tooth Decay $45B lost productivity cost

Considering the profound impact of diseases on both healthcare organizations and general public, it is imperative to explore innovative tracking methods to detect diseases in their early stages. This proactive approach can significantly reduce both the number of casualties and the costs associated with managing these conditions.

Continue reading to discover a variety of innovative methods!

The Role of technology in Chronic Disease Tracking

Surf this infographic to discover how readily available technologies can assist in identifying early signs of these diseases:

4 ways to track chronic disease

Fig: 4 ways to track chronic diseases

  • Health Monitoring Apps: These apps enable individuals to track vital symptoms such as heart rate and blood pressure. Thus, providing healthcare organizations with valuable data for early intervention and personalized care.
  • Electronic Health Records (EHRs): These can store patient information digitally, ensuring quick access for healthcare providers to make informed decisions and create effective treatment plans.
  • Remote Monitoring Devices: These devices allow healthcare providers to remotely track patients’ health metrics. Thus, enabling timely interventions and reducing the need for frequent in-person visits.
  • Smart Wearable Devices: These devices can monitor body activity levels like steps taken and calories burned, providing insights into patients’ health, and helping healthcare organizations promote preventive care.

To further expand on the previous context, you will now explore various ways to combat these diseases using Nitor Infotech’s advanced solutions, with a focus on enhancing healthcare outcomes.

Nitor Infotech’s Advanced Chronic Disease Solutions

Here are key strategies to effectively manage chronic diseases in 2024:

1. Early detection of disease: Timely detection of chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes are crucial for successful treatment. Technologies like Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence can aid in early disease prediction. This can save a lot of money that can be utilized for long and intensive treatments.

How can we help?

Nitor Infotech has pioneered the development of advanced predictive models and deep learning solutions that revolutionize healthcare. Our team has successfully identified key indicators for predicting the risk of Type 2 Diabetes using Azure ML.

Additionally, our deep learning solutions for medical imaging, including X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, are designed to detect anomalies and identify cancer at an early stage.

2. Personalised chronic disease management: Each person is unique, and personalized care plans can be tailored to individuals’ lifestyles, benefiting both patients and providers. Here, data analytics techniques can be used for personalized chronic disease management.

How can we help?

We’ve created an interactive dashboard that utilizes various patient information, including age and lifestyle, to provide personalized insights into health risks and effective preventive measures. This offers unique and tailored recommendations to help individuals prevent common health issues proactively.

3. Remote Personalised Health Monitoring: Following the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals with chronic illnesses are hesitant to visit hospitals for fear of infection. Technology can help such people by providing reminders for medication refills and enabling remote testing with kits like – glucometers for sugar levels, oximeters for oxygen levels, and blood pressure monitors.

Additionally, it can offer advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These measures can reduce readmissions, emergency department visits, and other adverse events in the future.

How can we help?

With our skills in IoT and device integration, we can create solutions that seamlessly integrate with various wearable devices like smartwatches and fitness trackers, enabling real-time health monitoring and data collection for personalized care plans.

Furthermore, we have developed numerous homecare and hospice solutions featuring functionalities such as scheduling appointments, medication refill reminders, online medicine ordering, multi-channel communication, and more. These features empower users to access necessary medications and receive medical advice remotely.

It might seem like we have a superpower, doesn’t it? But I’ve saved the best for last.

Well, I’m referring to “Generative AI”. This technology is increasingly recognized as the go-to solution for various challenges, from handling small business inquiries to tackling complex diseases. At Nitor Infotech, we believe in the transformative potential of Generative AI to revolutionize chronic illness management.

Keep reading to know how!

Leveraging Gen AI for Enhanced Healthcare Efficiency

Studies show that around 62% of doctors in the USA are experiencing burnout due to extra administrative tasks. Here, Generative AI can help by automating these tasks, cutting costs, and allowing doctors to focus more on patient care.

The successful implementation of any advanced technology like Generative AI, relies on the expertise, knowledge, experience, and track record of the individuals leading the change.

Here, Nitor Infotech not only boasts skilled professionals but also has hands-on experience in implementing Gen AI solutions. This experience sets us apart as the leading Gen AI-based organization.

This is how we can streamline healthcare management and operations with the help of GenAI:

  • Advanced Data Analysis: Our expertise in GenAI-based data analytics enables us to develop algorithms that accurately analyze patient information. This includes – medical history, lab results, and scans, to generate structured health reports.
  • Efficient Documentation: With our experience in GenAI and Natural Language Processing (NLP), we can create systems that transcribe and summarize patient consultations. Thus, seamlessly filling EHR fields and producing clinical documentation.
  • Optimized Scheduling: Leveraging GenAI and scheduling algorithms, we can design solutions that find optimal time slots for appointments based on patients’ needs and doctors’ availability. Thus, improving efficiency and patient satisfaction.
  • Personalized Care: Through our proficiency in GenAI-driven personalized recommendations, we can help develop systems that generate personalized care plans for patients. This can enhance the quality of care and patient outcomes.

Learn how we leveraged GenAI to skillfully identify risk factors, personalize care plans, and categorize patients for a client.

So, it is important to remember that there is immense potential to save millions of lives by providing timely and effective treatment. Implementing innovative technologies in healthcare can significantly improve patient outcomes and enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery systems.

To leverage these cutting-edge technologies and transform challenges into practical solutions, I highly recommend connecting with the Nitor Infotech team.

Also, write to us with your thoughts about this blog and learn more about our healthcare solutions.

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