The rise in the popularity of Remote Patient Monitoring in recent times can be attributed to two main reasons.
- First, it is the intrinsic convenience of the service, allowing patients with chronic conditions and those placed outside of conventional care settings to stay connected with health care providers as and when required.
- Second, it is a significant reduction in medical costs, brought about by fewer hospital readmissions, shorter stays, and an overall improvement in the quality of care.
Remote patient monitoring combines cutting-edge sensor technology, advanced cellular technology, and the increased affordability of embedded communication devices to advance seamless, continuous provider care while easing the care burden for patients. The service offers a comprehensive solution to monitoring a patient’s vital signs and getting alerted automatically whenever they cross a predetermined threshold value.
Components typically include:
- A specially designed monitoring device, complete with probes, sensors, and other attachments, to monitor and transmit health data to a centralized online system running on a secure server
- A smartphone with Bluetooth and internet connectivity
- A remote patient monitoring application (available for both Android and iOS) running on the smartphone