Why Use RPM for Cardiovascular Patients?
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 30.3 million adults in the US have been diagnosed with heart disease. Heart disease is one of the many types of chronic disease that affects Americans and represents a significant burden on medical resources. Innovations such as Remote Patient Monitoring are becoming increasingly commonplace and are an excellent solution for cardiovascular patients living with a long-term condition.
What Is RPM And How Does It Work?
RPM uses a variety of wired and wireless devices to record data. These include blood pressure cuffs, weight scales, and glucometers. These are typically used after a patient has been discharged from hospital or in between regular clinic visits.
With RPM, patients can be monitored at home without the need to travel to the doctor’s office. It gives patients the ability to download their health data and share it with clinicians. Patients can then communicate with their doctor through video links to discuss results and make decisions together.
It enables valuable information about a patient’s condition to be stored in a database. Abnormal readings can be flagged up to a clinician so they can take action.
RPM can also provide access to educational information on managing conditions, allowing patients to take an active role in their own well-being.
Why Is RPM Suited to Cardiovascular Patients?
RPM works well for monitoring cardiovascular patients and has a valuable role in improving health and saving money.
One of the key benefits is the early detection that RPM can offer. A great example of this is atrial fibrillation. Up to 6.1 million people in the US are affected by this condition, wherein patients have an irregular heart rate that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular diseases. RPM can help diagnose this condition early, with the result of fewer hospital admissions and lower mortality.
Non-randomized trials have found that using RPM means a lower mortality rate and hospital admission for heart failure patients. Another significant factor is that where patients manage this chronic disease better themselves, the progression of their disease can be significantly delayed. With patient information available so readily with RPM, heart failure patients can easily take ownership of how they manage their condition.
Hypertension is another example. This condition can lead to cardiovascular disease, affecting millions of people across the United States. It is estimated that by 2035, more than 42% of adults in the United States will suffer from hypertension.
RPM can reduce the incidence of hospital admissions, which can be caused by episodes of high blood pressure, for example. To be able to prevent them would also reduce the resultant financial cost.
Research demonstrates that RPM can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure considerably compared to the patient simply monitoring themselves.
It’s also worth knowing that with some cardiovascular patients, a health emergency could suddenly occur if their condition deteriorates. With devices such as remote transmitters, the patient can be admitted to hospital quickly before an event such as a stroke takes place.
More About the Benefits for Patients and Clinicians
From a holistic point of view, RPM enables patients to manage their condition more effectively and get involved in their own healthcare.
Clinicians get a broader picture of patients’ health using RPM and an insight into how well their patients comply with their treatment program.
They can create personalized care plans for their patients to respond to their unique needs, and make decisions together with patients, giving both parties a sense of satisfaction.
RPM provides up-to-the-minute data so doctors can identify issues promptly. Often, this means that they can provide care before a patient needs to be admitted to hospital.
Making a Huge Difference
Given the millions of people affected by cardiovascular disease in the US, a tool such as RPM will make a huge difference in effectively managing this long-term condition and reducing the cost of treating it on an unprecedented scale.
Darrayl L. Miles
Vice President of Marketing MedekRPM