The healthcare system offered within the United States has seen great improvements as a result of advanced technology. While the industry itself has certainly prospered as a result of this, the true benefits are seen in the care that patients receive. In fact, these advancements have also paved the way for more unique methods of care. This post will detail one of those methods in length, known as remote patient monitoring.
It’s important to note that while remote patient monitoring has been around for years, it wasn’t until recently that this method of care was fully fleshed out. As the number of technologies able to be integrated into the home lives of patients increases, so too does the quality of care that can be provided as a result of remote patenting monitoring. With the right technologies in place, health care professionals are able to remotely care for their patients while also safely collecting these patients’ data. With the data collected, the healthcare professional can store and reference it when necessary through the electronic health records of their health care facility.
Which devices are supported through this network of care? Blood pressure cuffs, blood glucose monitors, spirometers for lung health and even water retention scales for heart disease patients are just some of the examples. Not only do patients get a better understanding of how these devices work and how they impact their conditions, they also become responsible for making sure the data these devices are collecting are being safely transmitted back to their health care facilities.
There is no sign of remote patient monitoring rates decreasing anytime soon, either. Largely in part due to the impact that COVID-19 has had over health care facilities. The demand for quality care has only increased as a result of the recent pandemic, meaning new avenues had to open up for health care professionals to be able provide help to everyone in need. In addition to this, more and more people are being diagnosed with chronic conditions like diabetes, or heart disease that require full-time monitoring and plenty of doctor’s visits. In order to alleviate the time these patients would have to sacrifice for these visits, remote monitoring makes all the difference.
In fact, the success of this method of care is directly related to its effectiveness. Patients with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma and many other patients have seen improvements in their health related to these conditions as a result of remote patient monitoring. Also worth mentioning, these same patients indicated they had a decreased reliance on the rescue medications they are prescribed as well.
Another important aspect about this method of care is how it eases the burden on most primary care physicians. As the number of people seeking immediate attention as a result of COVID-19 symptoms, many physicians worldwide are experiencing an overload of stress. Of course, remote patient monitoring might not be able to solve this issue entirely, it certainly is capable of offering this professionals well-deserved respite in trying times. For patients, it’s become much easier to find insurance providers offering coverage for remote patient monitoring as well, meaning no need to break the bank for high quality care. If you’re interested about remote patient monitoring and want to learn more, take a moment to check out the infographic paired alongside this post for more information. Courtesy of Pivot Point Consulting.