Remote patient monitoring, which is sometimes called self-monitoring or self-testing, is a means of monitoring patient health and clinical information at a distance. It helps to simplify patient compliance with testing and it lowers the cost of frequent monitoring. It is frequently used in the treatment and management of chronic illnesses like asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Often abbreviated as RPM (and sometimes known as remote patient management), remote patient monitoring is a method of healthcare delivery that uses the latest advances in information technology to gather patient data outside of traditional healthcare settings.
“Remote patient management is about moving more healthcare out of the traditional setting, into the house and where people live, work and play every day,” explains Marcus Grindstaff, COO of Care Innovations “and it’s about using technologies to build the bridge that space between the traditional physical setting of healthcare, and where people really want to live every day.”
Yet, don’t be misled by the emphasis on technology: remote patient monitoring systems—such as Care Innovations’ own Health Harmony platform—rely upon not the cold, alienating, wire-laden medical devices of the past, but on today’s sleek, consumer-friendly personal tech products. Strongly resembling the smartphones and tablets so widely used by people around the world today—and across all ages groups, seniors included—the Health Harmony RPM platform truly leverages technology in a way that makes patients feel comfortable with helping manage their own health.
Naturally, this comfort increases their engagement levels; and by increasing engagement, remote patient monitoring can help improve the quality of care. Not only are patients incentivized to better engage with their health thanks to the comfort of quality RPM models, but clinicians are also better equipped to understand and manage their patients’ health situations, with a more constant stream of data that provides a much clearer picture of the patients’ health. This gives clinicians the chance to see what’s happening with patients sooner. This enables caregivers to more accurately measure what’s going on and to ask more relevant questions. In short, RPM gives clinicians the power to know what’s occurring with their patients “on a daily basis,” as it happens.