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.