REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING
What is Remote Patient Monitoring?
Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a broad range of relatively new technologies that enable monitoring of patients outside of the normal clinical settings, such as in the home or in a remote area and which may increase access to care and at the same time help decrease healthcare delivery costs.
Incorporating RPM in chronic-disease management may significantly improve an individual's quality of life, by allowing patients to maintain independence, prevent complications, and to minimize personal costs. RPM facilitates these goals by delivering care through telecommunications. This form of patient monitoring can be particularly important when patients are managing more complex self-care processes. Key features of RPM, like remote monitoring and trend analysis of physiological parameters, enable early detection of deterioration; thereby reducing emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and the duration of hospital stays.1
Diabetes management for example requires control of a number of different parameters such as Blood glucose levels, blood pressure and weight. The real-time delivery of blood glucose and blood pressure readings via RPM enables immediate alerts for patients and their healthcare providers allowing for early intervention when needed.
In essence RPM provides a constant stream of data to the healthcare provider that provides a much clearer picture of the patients’ health than can be achieved by patient visits to the clinic alone.
What are the potential benefits of RPM?
RPM has many potential benefits for patients:
More convenient access to medical care
It allows for the transmission of data from patients to health professionals in real time reducing the need for costly and time-consuming visits to the clinic
With a reduction in time-consuming clinic visits there can be an accompanying improvement in the life-style life of patients. A reduction in clinic visits is clearly a benefit for patients who
have chronic illnesses
have limited mobility
are living in rural areas
Improves connection between the patient and their medical care team thus providing comfort and security for the individual patient, their caregivers and their families