How IoT Can Improve Data Access for Remote Patient Monitoring Solutions

In addition to wearability and data quality, timely data access is a key determining factor in the success of Remote Patient Monitoring health care solutions. Robust IoT architecture can enhance data access outcomes.

Most of us have (or at least know someone who has) undergone surgery at a hospital. You know the drill — admitted, prepped, surgery, in-hospital recovery, discharged. Here’s something far fewer people know: 20 percent of these surgery patients are readmitted to the hospital within just 30 days of initial discharge.

Readmission not only frustrates patients, doctors, and hospitals; it also costs the industry billions of dollars every year. If we spend so much time and money on in-hospital patient care, why aren’t we putting the same level of care into a patient’s recovery once they go home to improve the lousy 20 percent readmission rate?

Fortunately, high readmission rates are a problem that IoT and connected devices have the potential to help solve.

I wrote previously about how one of the most rapidly growing healthcare segments is telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). This post offers a key solution for driving down readmission rates while making medicine more cost-effective and accessible to the masses.

A major component of RPM is wearable devices that allow healthcare professionals to monitor and diagnose patients without requiring them to be physically present at the doctor’s office. When correctly utilized, these wearable devices have the ability to monitor patient vitals and symptoms remotely. RPM can be used effectively as an early warning system for impending medical issues that could lead to readmission (or worse) if left untreated.

A great example of RPM devices that are helping to reduce readmission is the latest FDA-cleared continuous temperature monitors that aid in the early detection of infections. A study from the BMJ notes that infection is one of the leading causes of avoidable hospital readmission, leading to pains, inconveniences, risks, and costs for both patient and hospital — all of which could be prevented with effective RPM solutions.

Remote Patient Monitoring wearables work by transmitting data from the patient at home and transmitting medically accurate data to a doctor or nurse at another location.

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