With just over 500,000 doctors in the United States and over 328 million citizens it stands to reason that some form of remote healthcare diagnostics is required in order to keep up with the demand. This is what drives the innovations around telemedicine and remote patient monitoring.
Remote Patient Monitoring Revisited
Given the limited availability of medical professionals and the seemingly unrelenting need for medical services, the requirement for some form of remote healthcare diagnostic abilities becomes paramount. The Center For Connected Health Policy describes RPM as:
“Remote patient monitoring (RPM) uses digital technologies to collect medical and other forms of health data from individuals in one location and electronically transmit that information securely to health care providers in a different location for assessment and recommendations. This type of service allows a provider to continue to track healthcare data for a patient once released to home or a care facility, reducing readmission rates.
Monitoring programs can collect a wide range of health data from the point of care, such as vital signs, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and electrocardiograms.”
While Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) probably started back in the in the late 1800s when the telephone made it possible for doctors to communicate without physically being in the same room with another doctor or patient, according to a mHealth Intelligence article titled “The History of Remote Monitoring, Telemedicine Technology”
“Telemedicine technology first began as a form of healthcare delivery in the late 1960s due to the needs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Nebraska Psychology Institute, according to a paper written by researchers from Saint Louis University and Bentley University and published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.”
It is thanks to the rise of HIoT (Healthcare Internet of Things) that has made RPM possible. Ultimately the goal is to increase patient engagement and improve the quality of care by enabling patients to leverage technology in a way that makes them feel comfortable with managing their own health. Successful RPM models deliver a constant stream of data providing a clearer picture of your patient's health to drive proactive interventions and care plan adherence.
Digitizing Remote Patient Monitoring
We are now at an inflection point where enough technology is available to truly enable RPM to the level necessary for it to be effective. A MedTech Intelligence article titled “How IoT is Reshaping Healthcare” reported:
“Indeed, the market for healthcare industry IoT has been steadily gaining ground over the past 10 years, following enactment of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, designed to stimulate adoption of electronic health records and allied technologies. Developments since that time have included a combination of continuing advances in technology, increased investment by developers as well as healthcare systems, and the expanding range of IoT applications in disease monitoring. Chronic diseases in particular, including diabetes, asthma, obesity, heart failure, and COPD—all of which appear to be increasing—are ideal candidates for the monitoring capabilities that IoT brings to medicine.”
Combine the ready availability of HIoT with the rise of new “patient-friendly” apps to support those devices and you have the making of a scalable solution with the rise of Digital Medicine.
Revolutionizing Remote Patient Monitoring
Just digitizing the capture of remote patient monitoring data and automating communications with the patient is not enough to truly transform the patient care journey into something that will benefit both the clinician and patient alike. What is needed is an understanding that the problem extends beyond just managing ambulatory patients during COVID-19.
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