Zofia Zysman-Colman, MDCM
McGill University, Montréal, QC

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted normal healthcare delivery pathways across the world, whether by creating limitations of available space and staff or via a reluctance to attend routine health visits because of concerns for cross-infection. These concerns have led to a significant shift in the uptake of virtual health models. Home monitoring in lung disease, and specifically, remote monitoring of lung function, has emerged as an attractive modality of e-health for the pediatric respirologist. The widespread implementation of e-health has the potential to create a paradigm shift in the management of childhood lung disease. This talk will focus on available modes of remote monitoring in respiratory diseases, discuss the barriers to implementation, and review the advantages and limitations of such an approach. Finally, the effect on patient- and provider-perceived quality of care will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Review the approaches to remote monitoring of children with respiratory disease, with a focus on asthma and cystic fibrosis;
  • Analyze the limitations of remote monitoring in the care of children with pediatric respiratory disease; and
  • Appraise the effect of remote monitoring on patient- and provider-perceived quality of care.

CanMEDS Roles Addressed: Health Advocate, Medical Expert