Can Remote Patient Monitoring Alone Transform Healthcare Landscape?
The bygone year has witnessed a commendable rise in the number of patients getting enrolled in some or the other form of digital health program. Patients today prefer to be remotely monitored instead of going through the monotony of frequent doctor visits.
Most of these digital health programs have Internet of Things and connected medical devices at the core of their care delivery plan. The accuracy, safety and performance quotient of these remote tracking devices have caused millions of patients to come to depend on them for their healthcare needs, especially those suffering from chronic conditions. It is for this reason that researchers strongly believe that remote patient monitoring will play a major and critical role in transforming the face of healthcare landscape in the near future.
While there has been a growing inclination towards remote patient monitoring, the thing to note is that remote health tracking alone cannot transform the delivery of care. There is also a strong need for healthcare providers to become savvy in order to maintain a balance between virtual visits and in-person patient visits.
Since remote monitoring comes with its fair share of costly investments, it is for the providers to identify patient profiles who are in most need of remote monitoring programs. Thus, patient selection is the key factor here as it’s not financially and technically feasible to have each and every patient monitored remotely. The focus instead should be on identifying patients with critical diseases who are most likely to be admitted and readmitted in hospitals. Consistent tracking of patient data and proactive intervening by providers can help identify such patients and also contain costs considerably.
Ultimately, the reason for all the fuss about virtual care and remote patient monitoring is to provide affordable value-based care and transform the healthcare ecosystem.