Making a Case for Remote Patient Monitoring


David Hernandez, RN

David Hernandez, RN

Published on 08/07/2020

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Remote Patient Monitoring holds unprecedented benefits for not only the current climate of medical care provision, but the future of it as well.

To say the ongoing pandemic has disrupted industry would be an understatement. From the delivery of food to the delivery of healthcare, our world has transformed and companies have pivoted into a functional, remote world. While some of these pivots have simply allowed industries to continue, other transformations have actively improved their fields.

While the end of distancing will surely be marked with a return to normalcy for some of these industries, the clear benefits of remote patient monitoring technology within the medical community are making remote patient care services the new normal of healthcare delivery; one that is here to stay.

But what doesremote patient monitoring entail? Like traditional medicine, telemedicine takes many forms and approaches, each with different strengths and features that hold positive potential for the various traditional care approaches they are created to serve.

Live Interaction

Having access to healthcare professionals from the comfort of our own homes is now an active reality. It is also a greatly effective means of ensuring disruption-free doctor to patient communication outside of traditional appointment settings, which improves both quality of care and safety for patients. This form of telemedicine allows for ongoing communication, and provides patients with the important, immediate feedback from their healthcare providers that ensures they are keeping up with their care plans and needs. Live interaction allows for increased availability in regards to scheduling health appointments, by removing the barriers created by physical consultations.

Remote Patient Monitoring

RPM is a development within the field of telemedicine that holds enormous potential and evidence-based improvements in quality of care. Remote Patient Monitoring eliminates and automates at-home health readings in ways that allow health care providers to actively avoid emergencies by recognizing issues before they occur. Instead of simply discharging patients with education about self-monitoring of their vital signs, RPM allows patients to easily enter readings from home, and transmits these readings to health care professionals who are qualified to assess them. These professionals can then send health alerts to patients and caregivers when readings show irregularities, stopping health issues before they reach critical levels. This capacity of preventative medical intervention keeps emergencies out of the ER, and increases accessibility for both patients and medical professionals.

Storage and Forwarding

This advancement in telemedicine provides increased levels of patient-data gathering and assessment, and a practical way for patients to send important information to health care providers. This can include pictures, videos and results of diagnostic tests, all of which allow providers to better and more accurately guide their patients on steps to take in relation to their health. This information sharing allows for immediate, personalized consultation, in addition to the ability to confirm results without abnormalities in routine examinations on healthy patients.

In all its forms, Remote Patient Monitoring technology gives doctors more accessibility to their patients, which results in improved care and control of their client’s health, no matter the distance. It provides patients with security and comfort, and reduces risks of emergencies by eliminating possibilities of issues going overlooked. The biggest positive? This technology is not a futuristic dream, it is a contemporary reality. Visit Accuhealth at www.accuhealth.tech to learn more about how our technologies and services are contributing to the new normal of healthcare delivery, and what it can mean for your patients.

About the Author:

David Hernandez, RN
David Hernandez, RN

David Hernandez is a Registered Nurse with over 15 years of clinical, telehealth and home care experience, specifically in Remote Patient Monitoring. With his team, David has been able to develop RPM/Telehealth from the early pilot years, to the industry leading juggernaut that Accuhealth is today.

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