Health From Home: Stay covered this rainy season.

When it rains, it pours. At-home healthcare and monitoring innovations that enhance your day.

There’s a good chance you are reading this while sneaking glances out of a window, the breeze is cool and calming, there are drizzles and downpours, as tufts of steam from your hot cup of coffee float through the air. The monsoon season can be extremely relaxing and therapeutic.

On the flip side, with this comfort comes compromise; it can often interrupt, albeit temporarily, your connection with the outside world too - spanning things big and small - be it your dish TV, an errand or a routine (or unexpected) check-up with your physician.

While we all adjust to our versions of a new normal indoors and outdoors, the last couple of years have also made us all too aware of colds, flus and other viral infections - often a part and parcel of the monsoon season as well. The act of even planning to go to the doctor in bad weather, without knowing for sure what your set of symptoms imply, can add to that worry too. If there’s one thing the global pandemic has taught us, it is how important self-service and remote assistance is (and also probably that every sneeze counts!).

Apart from the package deal of seasonal and viral infections, the monsoons also bring with them a disruption of routine – be it the daily morning walks, your daily commute to work or usual eating patterns. This disruption of routine can cause a cascading domino effect on a number of lifestyle aspects, one among which can be the management of chronic health issues.

Fortunately, one of the silver linings of this pandemic has been an accelerated transformation in the healthcare space. Advancements in home-care or at-home solutions, have made self-checks easier and more accessible for an average person; notably at-home diagnostics and rapid COVID self-tests have gone a long way in helping put minds at ease or ensuring timely intervention when needed.

While, rainfall is unpredictable and its intensity can change in the blink of an eye, fluctuations of your blood glucose levels or heart beat can be a much more major cause for concern. Innovations like discreet bio-wearables and remote-monitoring technologies can bring some welcome relief in these unexpected situations.

On the one hand, contemporary state-of-the-art wearable glucose sensors can help keep a real-time check on glucose levels anytime and anywhere, without discomfort. And on the other hand, minimally invasive, Bluetooth enabled heart monitoring devices make remote check-ins with your doctor a seamless process. These mobile app linked devices, like an insertable cardiac monitor or pacemakers, deliver reports of the data gathered to your doctor so they can keep an eye on your heart no matter where you are, putting you in better control of your healthcare management. 

With all these innovations in health-tech there’s always, quite literally, help at hand. From tracking treatment journeys to keeping better track of health parameters, efficient digital assistance has done wonders for accessibility and accountability. Life-changing solutions like these can keep the logistics of figuring out doctor or lab visits from clouding your day. A conversation with your healthcare provider can help you find intuitive and intelligent devices or services that work for your unique needs...come rain or shine.

Disclaimer: The information mentioned in this document is only suggestive/for patient education and shall not be considered as a substitute for doctor’s advice or recommendations from Abbott. Please consult your doctor for more information.