What to Know About Remote Patient Monitoring

There is more access and availability of virtual healthcare services such as remote patient monitoring  (RPM) especially in the wake of the pandemic. This is a system that collects and transfers patient data to the relevant healthcare professional so that any changes in the patient’s health can be monitored. This monitoring is done through live monitoring mobile devices.

With Remote Patient Monitoring systems there is a lot of data collected such as heart rate, vital signs information, blood sugar levels, weight etc. There are many remote monitoring systems and the healthcare provider will make a determination on which type is best for the patient depending on their circumstances. This will then be proposed to the patient for their consent.  Once the patient agrees to remote patient monitoring, they will be provided with a device that will record their health data. These devices are electronically connected. Some of the common RPM devices that are provided to patients are weight scales, spirometers, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters etc. The device will be set up and the data collected by the device will be transferred to the physician who is in charge of the patient. This data is then analysed by the provider and based on this, the patient will be provided guidance on their condition and how to manage their health at home.

Once the device is set up appropriately, health data is captured by the device and transmitted from patient to provider, usually electronically. The healthcare providers have to partner with a reliable RMP vendor so they are able to complete the process of choosing devices, carry out patient intake programmes, training staff members etc. The main reason that remote patient monitoring has become so popular is that the patient doesn’t need to physically come to the healthcare provider for every occasion and the practitioners will be able to monitor the health of the patient closely as well. This is also a benefit for patients who are unable to make regular visits depending on age, transport facilities, location etc. And it is much easier to manage chronic conditions that need round the clock care.

Healthcare providers are also able to improve on the care they provide patients as they are able to access vital information about the patient that is continuously being updated by the RPM device or devices. This data can be collected and stored so that patterns can be discerned and a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan can be provided. There is a lot of in depth information that can be gleaned from these devices. The patients will have faster access to healthcare services and they are also in control of information regarding their health. Remote patient monitoring systems have been found to have improved patient outcomes and patients have become more responsible about their health and comply with the medical practitioners’ advice. There are also many insurance providers that have started to cover remote patient monitoring systems as well. This has become a solution to the shortage of practitioners as well. This system increases efficiency and enables practitioners to respond to more patients effectively.

Delsie Leff
 

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