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The Role Of Remote Patient Monitoring In The Future Of Healthcare

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

✍🏾 Chidinma Nwonye | SEO Content Writer & Poet

 

The possibility of virtually monitoring specific aspects of a patient’s health has increased since the pandemic. From improved doctor-patient communication to virtual care, remote monitoring of patients offers various benefits to the healthcare sector globally.


Research shows that remotely monitored patients report a 76% decrease in re-admission and an 89% rise in patient satisfaction.


 

What is Remote Patient Monitoring? 🧠


Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a method of tracking patients' health away from a hospital or other traditional healthcare setting.

It is a subdivision of homecare telehealth that lets patients use their mobile technology and devices to collect patient-generated health data.


These data are subsequently sent to the appropriate healthcare personnel. There are telehealth software applications that aim to be user-friendly and can easily be installed on a smartphone, computer, or tablet.


Some common conditions that can be monitored through RPM include:

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary illnesses

  • Heart conditions

  • Asthma

  • Sleep apnea



 

What are some examples of RPM technologies? 🥭

Remote patient monitoring technology can vary from online platforms to mobile and portable devices.

Some examples include:


  • Blood pressure/heart rate monitors

  • Glucose meters for diabetic patients

  • Remote devices for infertility monitoring and treatment

  • Continual surveillance monitors with the ability to track patients with issues like dementia. These devices can notify healthcare personnel in the event of patient falls.

  • Home tests that ensure accountability for substance abuse patients. It further keeps them on track with their objectives.

  • Diet logging or caloric intake programs

  • Pulse oximeters

  • Apnea monitors

  • Breathing apparatuses



 

What are the benefits of RPM? 🦠

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about many technological advancements (including RPM) that have improved healthcare services.

RPM can strengthen the patient-provider, boost patient satisfaction, and ensure a smooth recovery process.


RPM can benefit patients, providers, caregivers, and healthcare infrastructures by:

1. Alleviating Clinical Staff Shortage

A significant benefit of RPM is enabling healthcare personnel to prioritize effectiveness-of-care delivery. Additionally, RPM services offer virtual visits thereby reducing the in-person visits burden by clinicians.

These devices synchronise doctors’ electronic health records software to reduce the risk of duplicating documents. Overall, the RPM uses a team-based model that enables provider flexibility.

2. Enhancing Mental Wellbeing

3. Reducing Care Cost

4. Improving Patient Self-Care

5. Increasing Net Patient Revenue


 
Chidinma Nwonye, Content Writer at Grace Writes

Written by: Chidinma Nwonye (Content Writer)


Grace Pountney, Editor-in-Chief at Grace Writes

Edited by: Grace Pountney (Editor-in-Chief)


 

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