RPM or Remote Patient Monitoring can help you or a loved one in a variety of different ways.
As telehealth companies continue to innovate new and better technological solutions, even more benefits are likely to emerge in the years to come. Some benefits include:
- Better access to healthcare
- Improved quality of care
- Peace of mind and daily assurance
- Improved support, education and feedback
RPM Gives You Better Access
In a nation where a dramatic increase in the number of insured has made it more difficult for some patients to access caregivers, remote patient monitoring increases the capacity for physicians to treat more patients. The prospect of more healthcare organizations embracing RPM technology opens the door to expanded access to care for patients nationwide.
In addition to improving the quantity of care, RPM also has the ability to improve the quality of care. Since RPM connects clinicians more directly (and virtually instantly) with relevant patient data, it makes their daily routines more efficient and eases the possibility of burnout — resulting in obvious benefits to patient care.
RPM improves patient behavior by creating a system by which people are more engaged with, and accountable for, their health. Effective RPM programs offer technology that — far from being the cold, clinical, intimidating medical technology that springs to mind for many consumers — is actually comfortable and familiar to patients.
RPM devices feature an interface designed to resemble the tablets and smartphones so popular with Americans of all ages.
The PewResearchCenter estimates that 92 percent of Americans have cell phones, and 45 percent have access to a tablet computing device: That level of familiarity breeds comfort, and increasing patient comfort also increases the prospect of patient engagement.
Better engaged patients have a tendency to take control of their health: They want to stay healthy. Instead of resisting caregivers’ recommendations, they’re more likely to embrace them, improving their own health prospects in the process.
An RPM program for a congestive heart failure program yielded:
- 80% patient engagement rate, with 24 average utilizations per patient per month
- 94% of patients reported finding the technology easy to use
- 93% of patients were willing to recommend it to others
Patients in the 2013 GE Aviation Telehealth Study for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus showed an even more remarkable engagement rate, including:
- 97% satisfaction with nurse availability
- 100% satisfaction with the quality of the nurse’s care
- 97% satisfaction with the patients’ ability to improve and manage their own healthcare needs
- 100% overall satisfaction rate with the RPM service
RPM Gives Assurance Through Monitoring
Important as patient comfort and engagement are, the benefits of remote patient monitoring go beyond that, offering patients invaluable assurance that someone is watching out for their health and well-being on a daily basis.
RPM Provides Education, Support, Feedback
Thanks to this continuous, instantaneous connection between people and their caregivers, RPM also provides patients with expanded levels of education, support and feedback, as compared to traditional models of healthcare.
RPM programs allow that patient to get that daily information, that daily support, that daily help, that can make all the difference in the world in terms of their health outcomes.