In an interview about the future of telemedicine, Dr. Stephen Klasko stated, "I think we have to stop talking about telehealth...we do not talk about telebanking anymore. We talk about banking...It's bigger than ''tele,'' it's really about ''home.'' We have to start thinking about what are the modalities that will make health go home."
As healthcare providers lean into providing more telehealth services than ever, remote patient monitoring (RPM) will help revolutionize a new wave of home-based, patient-focused care. RPM essentially means the ability for doctors, from their office, to use cutting-edge technology to observe and treat patients in their homes.
The onset of telehealth will usher in a new model of patient care intended to improve both quality of care and patient outcomes. In his interview, Dr. Klasko compared the development of telehealth to one of the most successful business models in the entertainment world: Netflix. That was an example of a provider bucking industry trends to focus on fulfilling the needs of the consumer to achieve long-term success.
This is exciting news for patients, as they'll find that RPM provides them with a more pleasant, effective, and ultimately patient-friendly healthcare experience.
Listed below are just four of the many benefits of RPM for patients:
- Avoid Readmissions: RPM allows patients or their caregivers to monitor parameters such as weight, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and pulmonary function while reporting this information to their providers. Providers can then respond more quickly to any changes in status, potentially preventing hospital admissions by keeping the patient stable.
- Cut Wasteful Spending: Monitoring patients enables those patients and their families to stay away from the hospital while maintaining their daily life routines with less interruption.
- Improve Patient Satisfaction and Quality: Allowing a patient to receive care at home will decrease stress. Multiple hospital visits are scary and stressful for a patient and their family. RPM provides comfort that the patient's care while in the hospital is extended to the comfort of their own home. Patients facing fewer stressors generally tend to recover much quicker.
- Increase Engagement: RPM allows patients and caregivers to maintain better awareness of the patient's health from daily monitoring. Providing more knowledge and awareness of one's health through the interaction with their doctors and nurses will help the patient and caregivers administer better care when symptoms arise.
The utilization of telehealth and RPM helps patients increase both their comfortability, convenience, and awareness. It is a flexible model that helps customize the patient's healthcare experience in a way that works best for them and will hopefully translate to better outcomes.
If your practice wants to revolutionize the way it engages its patients with remote patient monitoring, contact us today. PMD Healthcare has solutions for all your remote patient monitoring needs.