The advent of alternative ways to screening, illness monitoring, patient education, and the desire to reduce the burden on healthcare providers in the last year has served as a stark reminder of the importance of healthcare. As a result, telehealth, which has been in use for several years, has received increased attention, with the worldwide telehealth market expected to reach $191.7 billion by 2025. 1 Similarly, the epidemic has highlighted another important aspect of telehealth: remote patient monitoring (RPM). RPM is a way of healthcare delivery that collects patient data outside of regular healthcare settings by utilizing the most recent breakthroughs in information technology.
Unleashing the Potential of RPM
The pandemic demonstrated that, with the correct tools, providing care outside of the hospital is not only viable but often preferable. While the growth of RPM implies a significant increase in data capture occurring outside of the hospital, data integration, health informatics, and cloud technology can assist in achieving connectivity in a secure, scalable manner and providing patient management wherever and whenever care is deployed. Another important aspect of RPM technology is engagement. Today, technical improvements have enabled cardiac remote monitoring devices to be Bluetooth-connected with the patient’s own smartphone. This enables patients to go about their regular lives while knowing their equipment is linked to their clinic via their mobile device. Furthermore, the patient can benefit from being actively engaged in his or her own care, which eliminates the need for frequent hospital visits. As a result, disease management and home care can become more efficient and effective, allowing patients with implanted devices to live a longer and higher-quality life.
Relationships with RPM
Remote monitoring has been a godsend throughout the ongoing COVID-19 problem, reducing the effect on critical healthcare resources. With limited space for non-critical patients, being able to monitor them without direct touch has been very beneficial, resulting in fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
Furthermore, contact between patients and doctors has been shown to be crucial in the healing and rehabilitation process. A consistent sharing of knowledge between both sides usually yields better results. RPM devises aid in the development of the required trust and transparency. For example, if a patient has a heart device implanted, such as a pacemaker, ICD, or CRT, the continuous care does not end with the implant. It is critical to evaluate the device’s operation, the appropriateness of the therapy supplied by the device, and any changes in the relevant heart disease on a regular basis. As a result, a significant benefit of such technology is that it allows physicians to receive prompt notifications of changes in their patients’ heart conditions, allowing them to intervene as needed, increasing value by assuring patient safety and lowering healthcare expenses.