While there are discussions surrounding some of the negative impact that technology has had over the past decade, many are grateful for the expanding capabilities of technology, particularly in the medical field. Where would the healthcare industry be without all of the technological innovation? The quality of care provided would certainly be lower than the established standard today, especially for those patients who have opted into remote patient monitoring sessions. This post will detail some of the ways in which technology has helped improve the care offered to remote monitoring patients.
Remote patient monitoring is not a new practice by any means. This method of care has been around for years, but until recent improvements, not many patients felt comfortable enough with this offering. However, as the number of technologies capable of being integrated into the home lives of patients has increased, medical professionals have been able to provide a higher standard of care. With these tools, health care professionals are able to remotely care and look after their patients while also collecting the data that allows them to make their suggestions. Once collected, the data is safely stored and called upon from the electronic health records of the patient’s health care facility.
What are the right tools for the job, though? Most commonly, patients will have their own blood pressure cuffs, blood glucose monitors, spirometers and even water retention scales in the home. These tools are particularly useful for patients struggling with lung health or heart disease. The decision to choose remote patient monitoring often allows the patients themselves to gain a better understanding of the impact that the devices they use at home have on tracking their health. Additionally, knowing the data collected is so important and likely a precursor for the direction of their diagnosis, they have a much stronger obligation to make sure the devices are tracking properly.
The prevalence of remote patient monitoring has likely never been as strong as it is today. With the cases of COVID-19 being as variable as they are, more healthcare professionals are feeling overwhelmed. Similarly, patients hoping to receive care for their health problems unrelated to COVID are having trouble finding openings at their primary care facilities. Any type of condition that may require frequent visits to the doctor has put a strain on both healthcare professionals and patients. However, with remote patient monitoring, this process is much more simplified. Not only can healthcare professionals still provide high quality care to their patients as a result of the technologies in their homes, but patients can avoid having to report to health care facilities for their care unless explicitly necessary.
Despite the received skepticism, this method of care is truly successful. The patients with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or asthma have seen drastic improvements in their health as a result of this method of care. One of the most notable ways in which remote monitoring has improved their conditions is related to rescue medications. With this method of care, many patients have reported a reduced reliance on these medications throughout their remote monitoring.
As mentioned previously, both patients and health care professionals benefit as a result of this newly polished method of care. As more and more people become infected with COVID-19, the burden for health care professionals continues to increase. Remote patient monitoring offers the relief necessary for these professionals to continue providing the highest level of care to all of their patients, regardless of their status. For more information on how this type of care has improved over the years, in addition to how insurance policies have gone on to include it in their coverage, take a moment to review the infographic featured alongside this post. Courtesy of Pivot Point Consulting.