Andrès E, Talha S, Hajjam M, and Hajjam 2018. Telemedicine for Patients with Chronic Disease or for Elderly Patients: An Opportunity for the Family Doctor!. Am J Family Med. 2018. 1(1) 1003.
The rising prevalence of chronic diseases like chronic heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, combined with population aging now represents a very real problem for public health . The cost of these chronic diseases has rocketed, and is estimated at several billion dollars in developed countries. What’s more, these patients are often elderly and have one or more chronic diseases, and their management is a challenge for healthcare professionals, especially for the Family Doctor. Their needs eat up large amounts of medical resources, just as a shortage in the time careers can provide is beginning to be felt, with medical deserts and a lack of access to healthcare professionals, among other problems. Thus, the Family Doctor must find new tools to optimize his medical time and facilitate his job!