Remote healthcare monitoring is an essential technology that is improving the patient experiencing. According to the Center for Connected Health Policy, remote healthcare monitoring, also called remote patient monitoring, “uses digital technologies to collect medical and other forms of data from individuals in one location and electronically transmit that information securely to health care providers in a different location for assessment and recommendations.”
While still somewhat new, this technology will continue to change the medical industry and how providers can serve patients. Here is a look at six ways how.
1. It can monitor a lot of data. There is a large amount of data that can be tracked, including weight, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and heart rate.
2. It can reduce doctor’s appointments. A remote healthcare monitoring tool can help improve a patient’s quality of life. These devices mean patients don’t have to schedule so many visits to the doctor’s office. This is important considering during times like the COVID-19 pandemic, which had 51% of patients reporting they were not comfortable or only minimally comfortable with in-person exams, according to a Capterra survey. At the same time, these tools can also help to reduce the number of hospitalizations.
3. It can improve the patient lifestyle. Remote healthcare monitoring makes it possible for older or disabled patients to live at home for longer or more often.
4. It benefits remote patients. Not all patients live within easy access of a physician. Remote patient monitoring tools make it easier for patients to connect with their regular doctors or specialists and keep them updated on their condition, even when they don’t have one in the area.
5. It improves treatment quality. Having the ability to stay connected to your patients and their condition at all times doesn’t just benefit patient lifestyle. It also helps you better serve your patient and improve your knowledge of their condition, which can improve how you treat them.
6. Grow your practice. Having access to patients outside your normal treatment area will help to grow the number of patients you are serving. For patients in small or remote areas, this can be beneficial to growing a practice, especially when starting out. At the same time, it can help you build long-lasting relationships with patients even after they travel, go to college or move away, which is a win for everyone involved.