Everything you need to know about Remote Health Monitoring Devices.
Remote health monitoring is a technique that uses various innovative digital technologies to measure your vital health data such as heart rate, glucose, BP and other important data of individuals in one location and securely transmit that information to health care providers in another location for assessment, allowing the patient and health care provider to stay informed about all aspects of his health.
Remote health monitoring devices enable you to remotely monitor patients’ health, seamlessly connecting clinicians with their patients to observe their health and take action whenever required.
These monitoring programs are usually implemented for patients suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, heart problems, and high blood pressure. Thanks to advancements in technologies, with these devices, healthcare systems and clinicians will have access to patients’ historical data through their existing clinical records systems, eliminating the need for patients to visit the doctors.
How Does Remote Patient Monitoring Device Work?
Collection of Health Data
Remote monitoring devices collect health data and transmit it to healthcare providers via dedicated remote patient monitoring applications available as mobile apps on smartphones.
Transmission of Health Data
The health data collected and recorded by the RPM device in the smartphone mobile app is then transmitted to the appropriate healthcare provider.
Evaluation and Notification of Health Data
The data collected from the patient’s RPM device is saved in the cloud or in the data repository of the healthcare facility. This vital sign data is then compared, either automatically or manually, to the upper and lower limits set by a physician. If the threshold value is exceeded, the RPM system at the healthcare facility generates a notification, which generates a warning message and alerts a physician that an abnormal situation has occurred.
If a patient’s health data indicates that he or she requires immediate medical attention, the appropriate authorities are notified, and immediate assistance is provided. If, on the other hand, the data only indicates that a change in treatment is required, the physician makes the appropriate decision and communicates this information to the patient via various modes of communication, such as email, phone, or in-app notifications.
Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring Devices
Benefits for Patients:
- It enables people to get quality access to medical care.
- It reduces travel and waiting time.
- Allows for timely and appropriate treatment at an early stage
- Provides proximity to home and community
- Patients will be aware of their health status.
- Provides upgraded support, education, and feedback.
- Provides rapid diagnosis and fast intervention by the doctor.
- Improves the doctor-patient relationship.
- Hardware agnostic.
- Reduces the need for hospitalization.
- Provides better patient outcomes, increased patient retention, etc.
- It is easily accessible.
Benefits for Physicians or Doctors:
- Doctors can get real-time visualization of patient health and medical parameters.
- Enhances operational efficiency, planning, and compliance.
- Provides live streaming of patient data even on a 2G network.
- Reduces workload and improves clinical productivity.
- It saves time and resources.
- It allows the healthcare provider to have access to patient reports over time and provide quality care.
- Early detection of symptoms, their pattern, and timely treatment is possible.
- Ability to deliver higher-quality care to more patients with a lower risk of exhaustion.
Types of Remote Patient Monitoring Devices
- Smart wearables: These smart wearables record vitals such as blood pressure, SpO2, stress, sleep, and regular alerts to assist clinicians in providing customized, data-driven care to patients within the comfort of their homes.
- Blood Pressure Monitor: The blood pressure monitor records blood pressure and seamlessly transfers data to the server for any future use. This regular monitoring can aid in the early detection of conditions such as diabetes or kidney dysfunction, both of which contribute to high blood pressure.
- Glucometer for Blood Sugar: It displays the sugar level and sends data to a server for later use. The glucometer helps the patient and their provider in understanding how certain factors influence their blood sugar and diabetic symptoms.
- A Bluetooth thermometer: This device delivers a quick and accurate picture of the patient’s body temperature, providing the clinicians with important information through which they can inform the patient about what care steps are to be taken next.
- Electrocardiography (ECG) devices: These remote patient monitoring devices record electric impulses from a patient’s heart and send them in real-time to a clinician, even during endurance or sports training.
- Heart rate monitors: These wearables detect the number of beats per minute made by a patient’s heart and transmit the data to clinicians, allowing them to advise you on when you should exercise more vigorously and when you should take more or fewer medications.
- Scales: Regular weight monitoring is essential for patients, and smart scales make the process easier and more efficient. This device measures weight and sends it to the server, so the doctors have information about any sudden weight gains or weight losses. Rapid weight loss or weight gain can be a symptom of a variety of conditions; thus, reporting weight data to practitioners may aid in critical diagnosis.
In today’s healthcare environment, patients value convenience and want to have healthcare delivery in their pockets. Realizing these benefits of Remote Monitoring Devices, we at Apollo HomeCare offer these devices to long-term patients for better monitoring of their health status. We ensure all the patient’s data is accurately recorded, consolidated, and analyzed so that all warning signs and adverse events are identified and reported to the appropriate management.