The level of care that patients are able to receive from nearly every corner of the healthcare industry has improved as a result of the integration of technology. Even some of the most niche health conditions are able to be better treated through the use of certain technologies. Within that same vein of thought, the ways in which healthcare providers are able to offer this care to their patients have also evolved with the help of technology. One major way in which this has happened is through the use of remote patient monitoring. This post will detail the ways in which patients can be cared for remotely, in addition to the ways this treatment can also benefit healthcare providers.
First, it’s important to understand that this method of care has been around for sometime, but has been much more limited than what it’s capable of offering now. Remote patient monitoring requires systems that provide health care professionals with the opportunity to oversee and care for their patients without a physical visit to their facilities. These systems, up until recently, weren’t up to par. However, the ones that are now put in place allow professionals to track the vitals and information necessary to a patient’s health remotely and securely. The information collected is then shipped back to health care professionals and stored securely in their electronic health records.
Previously, as mentioned, the technologies supported by this method of care were limited. Now, however, there is a much longer list of devices that are able to connect to these remote patient monitoring systems. 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, they also become responsible for making sure the data these devices are collecting are being safely transmitted back to their health care facilities.
Despite the country showing improvements in COVID-19 rates, the amount of remote patient monitoring will likely continue to increase. As more and more patients are diagnosed with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and even high blood pressure, these patients will need frequent care. This care would otherwise require regular visits to the doctor, but most patients become frustrated with just how often they’re expected to report in. Remote patient monitoring eases some of this frustration. Doctors, in connection with the data transmitted from a patient’s home equipment, are able to determine whether or not a patient requires immediate medical attention even remotely.
Though some patients remain skeptical, this method of care wouldn’t be offered by professionals if they didn’t believe it were effective in any capacity. As mentioned previously, those patients with chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure for example, reportedly saw decreases in their blood pressure while being cared for remotely. What’s most important though, is the decreasing in likelihood that these patients require rescue medications while being remotely treated.
Equally important to the effectiveness of this method of care is the amount of coverage it’s begun to receive from insurance companies. With policies that cover this method of care, more and more patients are easing up to the idea and are beginning on the journey of bettering their health. For more information on the types of care offered by remote patient monitoring and if it could fit your medical needs, continue reading on to the infographic paired alongside this post. Courtesy of Pivot Point Consulting.