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FREMONT, CA: Generally, enterprises focus on smartphones and tablets as a means for enabling mobile workers; however, smartphone technology can also help in empowering remote patients to transmit critical medical data to their doctors.
Remote patient monitoring is transforming the way of the collaboration of physicians and patients and is also opening doors for enhanced results and cost savings.
In what way remote patient monitoring can help?
When the patients transfer their own or their child’s vital information to a doctor via a smartphone, the doctor automatically gets access to up-to-date health data like blood sugar levels, heart rate, and several other data points. Therefore, physicians are able to detect early indicators of life-threatening illnesses that might have otherwise gone unidentified.
Tablets and smartphones connect to medical devices through a wire or Bluetooth, which helps in facilitating the transferring of patient data from health sensors to on-site applications and services that further enable healthcare professionals to assess the data and start diagnosis.
This access also provides physicians with the chance to detect the signs and symptoms of serious complications. This data collection also offers assistance to the patients who need hospital readmission and get access to healthcare more quickly as the doctor is already aware of the patient’s condition.
Kinds of remote patient monitoring
Generally, remote patient monitoring via tablets and smartphones functions in one of two circumstances.
Remote patient monitoring’s first use case consists of sensors that get directly connected to a mobile application. The sensors allocate the data and transfer the results to doctors for review in real-time. Medical devices like TytoCare allow patients to perform self-examination and transfer the data to their smartphone to the medical device’s application.
In the second situation, the patients require their vitals monitored for a lengthened period. This process might take some hours, numerous days, or even indefinitely. It is a must for the patient to put on a wearable device that links to their smartphones for data collection. In this use case, more health data is tracked by medical devices, which provides clinicians with an opportunity to assess the allocated data and detect trends or abnormal data points.
The usage of mobile devices and applications in healthcare are reasons for some concerns and challenges. For example, during transmission, data security is a big challenge for IT. Many applications that interact with the clinical data are operated by the app developers, which raises concerns around the ability of developers to shield the data and meet regulatory compliance.