What Is Telcare?

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Our focus of Telcare is to connect doctors and patients around the care of chronic illness. Seven out of ten healthcare dollars today are spent on chronic illness. One out of three Americans has at least one chronic illness, and our system, our model has been broken. Really until the turn of the 20th Century, we didn't treat chronic illnesses, the medical care model was around the treatment of acute illness.

You had something seriously wrong with you, you went to the doctor he either bleed you, purged you or gave you some portion and you either lived or you died. It was an acute care model and a fairly short course of illness. The beginning of the 20th century we started recognizing that hypertension exists.

That diabetes is treatable, insulin was only commercialized in the early 20's and all of a sudden we have a population of people who have chronic illnesses that can be well controlled, can live normal lives but we don't have a health care model that supports that. That current model is you go to your doctor, he tells you what's wrong with you, he tells what to do for the next six months he gives you some portions to take home and then six months later you come back and he tells you what you did wrong.

With diabetes gives you a glucose meter, you write down the numbers on a cocktail napkin and six months later it tells you what you should have done different, and the result is that diabetes today cost the U.S economy more than $300 billion, that even though we know how to prevent blindness, stroke, amputation and heart attack and patients with diabetes those continue to be the common end points of diabetes in the United States today and our review with Telcare is that what's needed is continual engagement between the patient and the healthcare system.

In the case of diabetes, it's also critical to recognize that the primary care giver is often not the doctor. Frequently it's a parent of a child with diabetes, or the adult child of an elderly person with diabetes. And we all have friends who have children with diabetes who spend their whole day trying to know whether that child has tested at the right time, is in proper control, whether this is going to be a good day or whether this is going to be unexpected trip to the emergency room.