Leveraging the Complete Potential of Remote Patient Monitoring

Leveraging the Complete Potential of Remote Patient Monitoring

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, March 10, 2022

It's critical to remember that the benefits of remote patient monitoring are not limited to the pandemic, even if they will undoubtedly aid patients in combating the virus for some time to come.

FREMONT, CA: It's difficult to imagine a single part of lives that hasn't been digitized in the last year or two. One sector that has most emphatically not bucked this trend is healthcare. Many people unable to see their doctors on a routine basis, relied on digital technology to obtain medical treatment and guidance during the pandemic.

While digital technology has been transforming patient care for many years, there is no doubt that Covid-19 has driven a massive increase in adoption. Some have dubbed the "dawn of the telehealth age," with the worldwide telehealth market expected to reach $191.7 billion by 2025.

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, and patient portals to patients. It enables clinicians to monitor their patients' bodily indicators to conduct accurate health assessments and, when necessary, treatment suggestions without having to see them in person.

In the highly competitive telehealth industry, it's evident that many of the early advances in RPM were made by utilizing a small number of measuring equipment to address primarily cardiovascular or respiratory diseases.

Thus, there is significant untapped potential for utilizing RPM in the assessment and monitoring of more disease areas using various other methods.

Computerized examinations have many potential advantages over traditional pen-and-paper assessments, ranging from enhanced measurement sensitivity to self-administered testing and the automation of time-consuming marking operations.

That's not to mention the plethora of illnesses for which physicians have a notoriously tricky time gaining insight—from ADHD to depressive disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome—or the potential for smartwatches and other wearables to deliver novel data insights.

Digital health looks to be reaching a tipping point, with formerly wary practitioners enthusiastically adopting new technology. Despite its shortcomings, the pandemic has not only increased clinician-patient contact in this intriguing domain but also demonstrated that, depending on the conditions, remote treatment may be just as successful as face-to-face care.

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