Access to expert in-home care can allow people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to live comfortably while getting the help they need. In-home health aides can assist with personal needs such as dressing, shopping, eating and cooking, while home visits and telemedicine — which links people to expert care providers by way of internet — can connect those living in remote, rural and underserved areas to PD specialists they otherwise might not see.
Doctors are harnessing the power of technology to care for patients through telemedicine, which allows specialists to see patients anywhere using an audio-visual link over the internet. Studies show that telemedicine care is as good as care received at an academic medical center. Many people have reported preferring telemedicine because they feel more at ease in the comfort of their own home.
Telemedicine is especially valuable to people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) living in remote, rural and underserved areas. It gives them the ability to consult specialists they would otherwise have to travel hours to see. The technology can save people time, money and effort, while allowing them to remain comfortable.
The Veterans Health Administration, the Medical University of South Carolina and Johns Hopkins University, a foundation Center of Excellence, currently offer telemedicine to people living with Parkinson’s.
The Parkinson’s Foundation is also working with experts from the University of Rochester, a Center of Excellence, to demonstrate that telemedicine can deliver premium care to people with Parkinson’s.
A study will compare telemedicine to care people receive in their own communities from providers such as primary doctors. The aim of these virtual house calls is to make it easier for people all over the world to receive quality Parkinson’s care. A $1.7 million research award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute supports this study.