Remote patient monitoring (RPM), also known as telehealth sometimes, allows doctors to monitor patients outside their clinical settings through the medium of a mobile medical device and enables patients to send healthcare data in real-time.
For chronic conditions like diabetes, heart failure, and Atrial fibrillation or conditions where patients are discharged from hospitals and require close monitoring, or for the ones’ who live in rural areas and undergo a lack of healthcare facilities, RPM technology comes as a major rescue. It not only helps in enhancing the quality of care but also in improving clinical efficiency and reducing healthcare costs to a much greater extent.
Before the pandemic, RPM had a slow start in the market. However, with the ongoing pandemic and the restrictions that came along with it, we have seen a significant rise in telemedicine and RPM services across the globe.
The global pandemic brought with it an unprecedented crisis that overwhelmed healthcare systems across the globe prioritizing treating and managing COVID patients while everything else took a back seat. So, we had to improvise when it came to patients requiring chronic care management or even a minor consult that deemed a visit to the hospital unnecessary. This led to the healthcare industry quickly adopting a modality that has been around for decades; the utilization of remote patient monitoring.
RPM empowers patients by making healthcare readily available for them right at their fingertips 24x7 which consequently helps them with earlier detection of diseases, enables them to send test results in real-time for immediate treatments, and gives scope for more flexible adjustments in check-ups. As a result, it significantly improves patients' quality of life while saving their time and costs substantially.
RPM enables healthcare workers to connect with their patients in real-time, offering support and collecting data to improve care management and clinical outcomes. This also enables the patients to reach out for consultation efficiently while avoiding long wait hours at the doctors office.
Besides the numerous reported benefits, telemedicine has played an important role in managing one’s mental health. The unprecedented crisis, the global lockdown that lasted for months and the unpredictability that came with this new highly contagious virus affected all of us mentally, some more than others. People who were already experiencing anxiety disorders or depression, noticed an exacerbation in their symptoms with the prolonged uncertainty.
We saw an increase in online therapy consultation to mitigate this problem. Patients reported a positive change in being able to connect with their therapists from the comfort of their homes and were able to effectively manage their symptoms.
RPM not only enables patients to manage their clinical outcomes but also helps maintain rapport and trust between the healthcare worker and the patient to be able to reach out for support. This instills feelings of safety and hopefulness in the patients while moving forward in a crisis full of uncertainty.
AK Strategies is a supporter for technology-driven positive impact in our communities and believes RPM is a game-changer in today’s world. Find out how we can structure RPM Solutions to support your Healthcare services by contacting us today/