Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) is a type of patient care that involves utilizing technology to monitor patients regularly without the need for office visits. This monitoring, which typically takes place at the patient’s home, provides doctors with a more comprehensive picture of the patient’s condition- particularly when compared to vitals and tests run semi-annually or annually. While this method of patient care has been catapulted recently to the forefront thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many doctors may still be wondering what makes for an ideal RPM candidate and how RPM can help them combat chronic diseases in their patients.
Chronic conditions- more than you think
According to the CDC.gov website, a chronic condition or disease is defined as “conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living, or both.” The website also points out that, in the United States, six in ten adults (60%) have a chronic condition, and four in ten adults (40%) have two or more chronic conditions.
While the CDC highlights conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic lung or kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke as some of the most common chronic diseases, and several others. The Medek RPM website provides a comprehensive list of current chronic conditions that may qualify someone for remote patient monitoring. More so, this list continues to grow, and illnesses are still being added. Ultimately, as long as the patient is over the age of 18+ and battling a condition for a year or more, they can qualify for remote patient monitoring.
While one may not think twice about handing a piece of technology to an 18-year-old to monitor their chronic condition, there may be some hesitations when considering an older, less technologically savvy patient for the same program. However, believe it or not, any chronically ill patient- regardless of their ability to navigate technology-can be monitored remotely.
The FDA-approved technology used by Medek Health has been selected for its ease of use and does not require any additional apps or connections for successful monitoring. More so, our team of Care Coordinators works closely with each patient to ensure they are entirely comfortable with the monitoring technology.
Your weapon for battling chronic disease
Quite often, as a doctor, you have to rely on your patient for the lion’s share of information on their condition. While running tests can help provide some insights, more often than not, the responsibility falls onto the patient to fill in the blanks between visits to your office. What if there was a way for you to get information as often as you need (whether that be daily, twice daily, weekly, etc.)? What if there was a way for that information to be facts, figures, and numbers- rather than anecdotal details from your patient? What if, once you start receiving this information, you were able to get a better understanding of your patient’s condition- so much so that you can treat an issue before it becomes a complaint of the patient? Enter remote patient monitoring.
Having the ability to gather data from your patient regularly, from the comfort of their own home (as opposed to the stressful environment of the doctor’s office or hospital), and being able to review and analyze that data regularly, are all benefits of remote patient monitoring. Even more importantly, in doing so, you are giving yourself a strong weapon in the battle against these chronic conditions. Rather than a reactive response following a patient complaint, you can become more proactive in your patient’s care.
Questions? We’ve got answers!
As a doctor, you know that your patients are all different – even those who may share the same diagnosis. So, while it may *seem* that your patient or patients may qualify for remote patient monitoring, you still have questions. Not to worry! Our team is ready and able to alleviate any concerns you may have about adding remote patient monitoring to your practice. Contact us today!