Remote patient monitoring is an efficient and effective way for practitioners to closely monitor a patient's chronic health conditions without requiring the patient to physically visit a practice. This form of monitoring deals with using digital technologies to monitor, capture, and transmit medical/health data of patients to their healthcare providers. These healthcare providers will then assess and provide any recommendations when necessary. Not only does RPM deliver clinical benefits, they also provide financial benefits to the patient and the practice.
So, who can participate in RPM?
Medical Fitness Practitioners
Patients with chronic conditions
Blood lipid disorders
What are the benefits?
RPM comes with many benefits. Here are a few examples:
Better patient outcomes
Increased revenue without increasing your work-load
Improved compliance rates
Reduces patient no-shows
What are the device options?
Blood pressure monitor: provides ongoing virtual monitoring and treatment of high blood pressure/hypertension by your practitioner. This monitor being remote can also help with the misleading blood pressure readings due to a nervous doctor's visit.
Weight scale: depending on the condition, this scale can help healthcare professionals monitor if a condition is worsening or improving. For congestive heart failure, sudden weight gain can be an indicator the condition is becoming worse. This will cause a practitioner to take action which can include: adjusting medication, arranging an in-person visit or telehealth visit. If your goal is to lose weight, this monitor can help see if the weight loss is rapid. Your healthcare professional can then help prevent weakened bones, compromised immune system, dehydration, and fatigue due to the unexpected/rapid weight loss.
Blood glucose monitor: used to help detect alarming changes in a patient's glucose levels, allowing them to take immediate action.
Pulse Oximeters: accurate measure of blood oxygen level, pulse rate, and perfusion index. It is important to measure blood oxygen levels for those with COPD.
With the ongoing pandemic, remote patient monitoring has been beneficial to patients who are limiting their contact with others and who want to reduce traveling. The government has recognized this as well, this resulted in an expansion of Medicare coverage for RPM services. With remote patient monitoring, health statuses will be addressed quickly which could aid in prevention of a more serious chronic condition.