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How cellular technologies and remote patient monitoring are improving patient care.
Many older adults are thriving thanks to advances in healthcare technology. Instead of trips to the doctor or emergency room when they experience a change in their health, seniors are taking advantage of solutions such as remote patient monitoring (RPM). RPM can help healthcare providers monitor patients around the clock while they remain at home. This is transforming senior patient care, ensuring a patient’s safety and wellbeing while allowing them to live independently.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred interest by healthcare providers in solutions such as RPM, keeping at-risk patients safely in their homes while still providing continuous, stellar care.
Having access to patients’ current vital statistics (such as blood pressure, oxygen levels, weight, temperature etc.) is important for healthcare providers, but RPM provides more than just daily data points. It also offers context through a set of rich data that allows healthcare providers to:
Rich data using RPM can often give healthcare providers a better overview of the patient’s health than a single encounter in an office or an emergency room. By expanding health data about a patient to include their vital statistics over time as well as in real time, healthcare providers can better understand their patient’s health and spot any trends that cause concern.
A few examples stand out when it comes to showing the value of rich data in a remote healthcare environment:
RPM solutions can also “learn” from the patient’s behavior and determine how to make it easier for them to participate fully in their care. An example of this is if a patient fails to consistently take their medicines at the same time every day, the RPM solution can help them find a better time each day. Reminders can be adjusted and sent at different times to establish a more consistent time.
For RPM solutions to be successful, patient engagement is key, and that means ease of use is critical. By providing solutions with simple functionality and two-way voice communications, patients and doctors can effectively communicate, improving patient care. One recent successful pilot, for example, showed improved outcomes for patients and significant cost savings for providers. Users cited ease of use as one of the main reasons they would participate in future deployments.
One of the biggest challenges with remote healthcare is connectivity. Many solutions are connected by Wi-Fi, which has a steep learning curve for seniors and often can be unreliable. Healthcare solutions need 24/7 connectivity, and that can only be delivered via cellular networks.
By adding the reliability of cellular with the rich data provided by RPM solutions, both healthcare providers and patients can ensure they are providing and receiving the best care possible.
Mark Denissen serves as the president and chief executive officer of Anelto