How to Implement Remote Patient Monitoring the Right Way

Fremont, CA: The advantages of Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) solutions for the Medicare population have long been established. Better patient outcomes, lower costs, and more productive experiences for both providers and patients are observed in healthcare organizations. RPM ensures a patient's safety and well-being while allowing them to live independently — without having to visit the emergency room or doctor's office on a regular basis.

Physicians utilize solutions like RPM to track patients' vital statistics between office visits, such as blood pressure, glucose levels, temperature, weight, oxygen levels, pulse, and other statistics. By remotely tracking these statistics in real-time and over time, physicians can see patients in person when necessary, transforming patient care from episodic to preventative, resulting in better patient experiences and outcomes.

To deliver a seamless experience to seniors, RPM solutions must:

Some RPM solutions modify existing tablets or iPads for use as RPM consoles. While these are suitable for entertainment purposes, they are not intended to be used as a medical device. The highest sound level on a tablet, for instance, may not be loud enough for some seniors to hear clearly. At the same time, equipment adapted from hospital use is too complicated for seniors to use at home.

When it comes to adopting healthcare technology, seniors' digital literacy is a serious issue. According to a recent user survey, 61 percent of physicians believe that patients' lack of digital literacy is a major barrier to telehealth. The ease of use is critical for increasing adoption. To ensure that senior patients participate in their healthcare by taking vital signs, the RPM device, for example, must be ready to use right out of the box with no complicated setup.

Patients expect prompt responses and instructions when they contact their healthcare providers. AI and automation advancements are making it much easier for patients to communicate directly with a doctor or other healthcare providers and for healthcare providers to respond.