Remote Patient Monitoring Assisting Chronic Condition Treatment

Remote patient monitoring is a method of real-time healthcare delivery or data collection and sharing through the use of medical devices. RPM tools gather patient data using secure telemedicine systems and applications installed on mobile personal consumer and healthcare devices.

Management of chronic illnesses accounted for more than 75% of healthcare costs in 2016. These applications are routinely used in treatment of such chronic health conditions including diabetes, COPD, and chronic heart disease, helping to reduce associated healthcare costs for those living with chronic conditions.

Using remote patient monitoring technologies to gather patient health data such as vital signs, glucose levels, blood pressure and heart rates reduces the need for scheduled appointments and travel to a provider’s office, clinic or other institution. The ability to gather routine test results and patient data allows care providers to more closely monitor patient status, aiding in the prevention of potentially fatal complications.

As technological products advance in accessibility and capabilities, and demand from those with chronic conditions and the aging population increases, RPM continues to gain more traction as an affordable avenue of healthcare. As the industry grows, RPM is expected to generate more than $31.3 billion by the end of 2023.

Solutions like remote patient monitoring software, telehealth tools and electronic healthcare record are changing the way healthcare is delivered to patients. Providers are able to access greater amounts of patent data for a more comprehensive look at a patients care record, allowing for modifications to treatment plans and faster identification of adverse changes. Increased provider connectivity allows for more effective and secure data sharing, improving the quality of care delivered and patient outcomes.