The Benefits of Remote Monitoring for Chronic Conditions
Chronic diseases are America’s one of the most prominent healthcare problems. 7 of the top 10 causes of death in 2014 were chronic diseases. Plus, caring for patients with chronic illnesses is costly. As per CDC’s report, 86% of U.S. healthcare spending can be attributed to treating chronic conditions. Improving the quality of care for people with chronic diseases is complex, as they require timely diagnosis and treatment and constant access to primary and specialist care.
Self management through remote monitoring – especially through mobile health apps and telemedicine – has proven to be an effective strategy in improving outcomes for chronic diseases. These strategies enable patients, together with their health care providers, to medically manage their illnesses more effectively, carry out normal roles and activities and manage the emotional impact of their illnesses.
What is Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM)?
Remote patient monitoring (RPM), also called homecare telehealth, is a type of ambulatory healthcare that allows a patient to use a mobile medical device to perform a routine test and send the test data to a healthcare professional in real-time.RPM technology includes daily monitoring devices such as glucose meters for patients with diabetes and heart or blood pressure monitors for patients receiving cardiac care. Patient can then send this data to their physicians by using a special telehealth computer system or via apps like Medidex.
The Benefits of Remote Monitoring in Management of Chronic Conditions
In a nation where a dramatic increase in the number of insured has made it more difficult for some patients to access caregivers, remote patient monitoring increases the capacity for physicians to treat more patients.
The prospect of more healthcare organizations embracing RPM technology — such as the record management system offered by Medidex — opens the door to expanded access to care for patients nationwide.
#2. Improved Quality of Care
In addition to providing better medical access to the patients, RPM also improves the care quality provided by the medical facilities. As remote monitoring connects clinicians more directly (and virtually instantly) with relevant patient data, it makes their daily routines more efficient and eases the possibility of burnout — resulting in obvious benefits to patient care.
Even better, RPM improves patient behavior by creating a system by which people are more engaged with, and accountable for, their health. Effective RPM programs offer technology that — far from being the cold, clinical, intimidating medical technology that springs to mind for many consumers — is actually comfortable and familiar to patients.
#3. Low Cost
Owing to the fact that patients are not required to be physically present at the hospital, clinic or healthcare facility, the amount of money spent on traveling to and from the healthcare facility, diagnosis, laboratory tests, and prescriptions; and for the wards and other in-patient health care resources are greatly reduced and in some instances, completely eliminated. The reduced cost of healthcare for patients ultimately reduces their financial strain and discomfort.