Remote Patient Monitoring
What is Remote Patient Monitoring?
Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) allows real-time monitoring of the physiological parameters (including blood pressure, weight, etc) via a cellular-enabled device. This device electronically sends the reading to a HIPAA-compliant platform, which is monitored daily by the pharmacy.
Your doctor sets the goals for your readings. When a reading comes across that is out of the pre-set range, a member of the healthcare team will be alerted.
Routine monitoring of the patients’ vital statistics improves the overall quality of life with dosage adjustments and lifestyle modifications to minimize side effects and maximize well-being through preventative care.
Here's an example...
Let's put this concept into a real-world example and consider a theoretical patient's experience with and without RPM. Our example patient is Gail, a 72-year-old woman who lives alone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and a history of falling. The hospital recently released her after hip surgery.
Without Remote Patient Monitoring
Betty was sent home after surgery, with a follow-up appointment scheduled two weeks later. She noticed some extra shortness of breath and a slight fever but assumed they were expected and planned to ask the doctor about them at her appointment. Unfortunately, she became so ill before that appointment that she ended up in the Emergency Room with a severe postoperative infection resulting in readmission to the hospital for IV antibiotics.
With Remote Patient Monitoring
Harmonize Health provided Betty with a wearable monitor that recorded her blood sugar levels, blood oxygen saturation, activity throughout the day, heart rate, and hourly temperature. A phone app also prompted her to use a spirometer and record her lung volume daily. Her medical team received daily reports of her vital signs and was available to answer her questions about any unusual symptoms. When her oxygen saturation dropped, and she developed a fever, she was scheduled to come into the office for an appointment during regular office hours. A doctor treated her post-surgery infection early and quickly.