Health officials testing advanced device

Dr. Ricketts. * Photo credit: GIS

Within the next year Dominica may be using modern technology to improve care for patients suffering from chronic illnesses while they’re away from the hospital.

National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Ricketts has disclosed that health officials are testing a device that can inform medical practitioners about the condition of a patient suffering from chronic diseases mainly diabetes or hypertension.

“That device will transmit the data to a device that is held by a health professional and can inform that individual of what is happening with the patient” in the case of a blood pressure rise for example, Dr. Ricketts said.

The gadget will target patients who are in great need of close monitoring, Ricketts said, and it will assist health care providers better manage those patients.

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7 Comments

  1. citizen
    March 26, 2011

    thats very good

  2. Be2
    March 25, 2011

    Get the facts and names before printing an article please.

  3. wotate
    March 25, 2011

    Whats the name of the device DNO…what kind of reporting is this?

  4. Reader
    March 25, 2011

    Kudos! That is a great first step. I would like to see this done in conjunction with better patient self management. We need to do more to get our patients actively engaged in their treatment plan. What happens when a patient is diagnosed with diabetes or hypertenstion … is there someone who can educate them on how to manage their disease? In this day and age, I still have people telling me that so and so got a stroke because they were hot and went in the cold. More patient education is needed!!

    • honey baby
      March 25, 2011

      I agree with you 100%, education is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many patients with hypertension ingest a large quantity of sodium, while some with hypotension are not sure exactly what to do to maintain their sodium levels. On many occassions i have witnessed hyperglycemic patients ingesting sodas and high fructose laced drinks without a care in the world. These people are to be taught how to read food labels and the values of the food contents. Many of the chronic diseases are due to the inability of controllinng hypertension, hypotension, hyperglycemia and triglecerides.

  5. tell me
    March 25, 2011

    Whats the name of the device that will transfer the info to another device? Does it have a name?

    • Renard
      March 25, 2011

      Device #1 = Stethoscope

      Device #2 = A brain

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