As digital health gains traction, remote patient monitoring is becoming common.
Fremont, CA: It's difficult to imagine many facets of people's lives that haven't been digitized in the last year or two. One sector that has most certainly not bucked this trend is healthcare. Many patients, unable to see their doctors on a routine basis, have sought digital technology for medical treatment and help during the pandemic.
While digital technology has been altering patient care for many years, there is no doubt that Covid-19 has accelerated adoption exponentially. It has been named the "dawn of the telehealth age" by some, with the worldwide telehealth market expected to reach $191.7 billion by 2025.
Much attention has been devoted to the increase in phone and video consultations that have taken the role of in-person consultations during the pandemic, and with reason. Virtual consulting systems have been demonstrated to be incredibly profitable and popular – even with older generations.
However, the pandemic has brought to light another distinct aspect of telehealth: remote patient monitoring (RPM).
RPM entails the provision of in-home measurement devices, wearable sensors, symptom monitors, or patient portals to patients. It allows clinicians to monitor their patients' bodily indicators in order to conduct accurate health assessments and, when necessary, treatment suggestions without having to see them in person. Certain businesses, for example, are pioneering innovation in the field of digital cognitive tests for Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia. Through the leadership of a cognitive assessment platform, these seismic technological advances have the potential to move healthcare toward more adaptive solutions and services for patients.
RPM enables physicians and nurses to adopt a significantly more adaptable approach to patient treatment. They have the potential to schedule appointments only when patients' indications and symptoms vary from the usual, to conduct evaluations remotely (through an integrated video consultation facility), and use these to facilitate therapy modification feedback loops.