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Five Fundamental Steps for Effective Remote Patient Monitoring

It is known that the power of most courses of treatment largely depends on how accurately the patient followed the prescribed regimen and how quickly and accurately the doctor corrected the course in case of changes in the course of treatment – in the regimen, body reactions, etc.

To do this, in the modern world, the idea of remotely monitoring the patient’s condition has been developed.

What is RPM?

RPM is an acronym for remote patient monitoring.

It includes wearable devices with technological features that may track a patient’s physiological state and gather information about the user’s medical history.

There are several effective techniques to keep track of a patient’s health, but we shall go into more detail below.

Several effective techniques to keep track of a patient’s health information on a patient’s health, such as their glucose, oxygen levels, and blood pressure can be monitored using a dedicated RPM device.

Bluetooth technology is used for electronic communication data. This information is available to the supervising healthcare provider.

Thus, even patients at home and in remote places are under around-the-clock monitoring of their health.

Any change in their condition is monitored through vigilant and timely intervention to prevent further deterioration in the patient’s health.

Advantages of RPM

The introduction of telemonitoring systems in practical healthcare enables the improvement of the effectiveness and accessibility of medical care, as well as the reduction of hospital admissions and premature deaths due to early detection of changes in the health status of patients. 

Through this monitoring, doctors will have a better understanding of the patient’s health condition and based on this data, they will be able to take more informed actions based on the physiological indicators of this data. Also, thanks to such monitoring, doctors will know whether patients are following fully with their regimen, and it will not work to lie.

Is There a Demand?

Today it is impossible to accurately estimate the number of applications and devices for remote monitoring of biometric indicators on the market. Back in 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) counted 17,828 accessible fitness trackers and health-related mobile apps, as well as 14,558 specialized medical apps.

In September of the same year, the European Commission on Networks Communications, Content and Technology published a review of 200 applications in 30 languages with the function of monitoring health indicators and patient reviews. In 2014, according to some estimates, the share of use of such applications increased by 89% compared to previous years. In 2018, a survey was conducted, and the results showed that 84% of patients chose a medical institution that uses remote technology to contact doctors and keep track of their data. According to Accenture, in 2019, 54% of users were willing to use their smartphones to communicate with healthcare organizations.

Five Fundamental Steps for Effective Remote Patient Monitoring

In addition to purchasing a device, the patient should follow the guidelines to make monitoring effective.

  1. The first step is to select the technology that is best for you. There are several listed below:
  • Remote monitoring using general-purpose devices (smartwatches, fitness bracelets, smartphones);
  • remote monitoring using telephone communications;
  • remote monitoring using autonomous devices for recording biosignals;
  • remote monitoring using implantable electronic devices.

It is necessary to have the technology suitable for both the patient and the medical team.

  1. The second step for adequate RPM will be training. Patients need to be educated on how to use RPM and how to appropriately transfer data. They need to be informed about how to use the devices, what data needs to be transferred and how often.
  1. The third and not unimportant step is to organize the security of patient data. Patient health data is confidential and must be stored on secure servers, and transmitted over encrypted communication channels to protect it from unauthorized access. 
  1. The fourth step for adequate RPM is the analysis of the obtained data. Real-time data processing is necessary for efficient remote patient monitoring. This will allow any alterations in the patient’s well-being to be detected and responded to immediately.
  1. Communication with the patient is the fifth phase. It is essential to set up a communication mechanism with the patients about any changes to their health. This may include automatic notifications, SMS messages or calls from doctors or nurses. It is critical that patients understand what is happening and can take the appropriate action and take necessary measures.

RPM plays a critical role in delivering high-quality healthcare at a reasonable cost. It allows medical professionals to monitor patients in real-time and their health without the patient being physically present all the time in the clinic or hospital.

This is especially useful for people who need constant monitoring, such as people with long-term illnesses like diabetes, heart failure, or respiratory disease. Remote monitoring enables you to spot changes in the patient’s health and stop issues from developing before they become serious problems. 

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