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Healthcare at home: the advantages of remote patient monitoring and telehealth

September 21, 2021

Connect with patients using the cutting-edge CGM RPM Remote Patient Monitoring platform, and collect real-time data from pulse oximeters and other devices.

Benefits of having a complete healthcare-at-home solution: telehealth and remote patient monitoring

Are you like millions of people who only go to the doctor when they have to? Going to the doctor’s office keeps its place among the least favorite activities in society. So, how can providers continue giving their patients the highest quality of care—even the most hesitant among them?

It’s no surprise that the tech-savvy healthcare community has been working on ways to accommodate hesitant patients and chronic care patients. Many practices have begun adopting telehealth and remote patient monitoring solutions as an alternative to in-patient visits. Telehealth can bridge the gap for some visit types. However, providers often require access to real-time health data that is not available via telehealth’s audio and visual checks (such as patient blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and more).

That’s why providers need to have a correlative remote patient monitoring (RPM) solution available that patients can use in tandem with a HIPAA-compliant telehealth solution.

Connect with patients using the cutting-edge CGM RPM Remote Patient Monitoring platform, and collect real-time data from pulse oximeters and other devices.
Provide a HIPAA-certified telehealth solution to see patients remotely with the stand-alone CGM ELVI Telemedicine.

Offer better informed, data-driven medical decisions

In combination with a HIPAA-compliant telehealth solution (including the stand-alone CGM ELVI or the Patient Connect option for CGM APRIMA), remote patient monitoring allows for the constant monitoring of patient biometric data. With remote patient monitoring, healthcare workers have a steady stream of patient data that they can use to spot potential problems at their source and identify any relevant patterns in patient data. They can use their real-time findings to address issues much more quickly and generate more effective, data-driven treatment plans.

With remote monitoring, doctors can more easily access data that would otherwise be unavailable to them through periodic in-person check-ups. Data gathered via a patient’s comprehensive healthcare-at-home solution is also a critical factor in reducing re-hospitalizations. Healthcare workers can use this data to manage patients earlier in the continuum of care, allowing them to intervene and preventing re-admittance.

Ease the burden of a primary care workforce shortage

It’s not news that there’s been a shortfall of primary care providers in the US for many years. And this is primarily felt in populated rural areas and poverty-stricken urban areas. With remote patient monitoring, nurses and doctors can provide care for patients outside of their traditional jurisdiction. Additionally, RPM allows doctors to reach out to potential patients they wouldn’t be able to reach traditionally. With the flexibility that RPM gives providers and the expansion of the area they can cover, medical establishments will gain more patients —and ultimately more revenue from those patients — without overcrowding facilities.

Reduce the risk of infection through telehealth and remote patient monitoring

Offering healthcare-at-home benefits patients that might have trouble traveling to a clinic or hospital. Patients with chronic care conditions or autoimmune deficiencies will also benefit since they can avoid unnecessary contact with potentially ill patients that they might encounter while in the waiting room or at the hospital or doctor’s office.

Staff and healthcare workers will also limit the amount of contact with sick individuals since remote patient monitoring, or RPM, reduces the overall number of patients who need to be physically present for consultations.

Improve quality of patient care by offering healthcare-at-home

If a patient has a chronic condition—such as diabetes, heart disease, or liver disease — providers need to make sure their patients stay stable and healthy. Patients don’t have to wait to see their providers in person. Instead, they can use a HIPAA-certified, live audio and visual solution—such as CGM ELVI—along with wearable RPM devices such as heart monitors and blood sugar monitors to keep a record of their health status.

Keeping track of patients to address and resolve potential health concerns before they exceed predetermined thresholds and develop into more severe issues improves patients’ quality of care.

If something goes wrong—such as the patient forgetting to take their medication—or if they have a question about their care plan, they can quickly consult with their physician via a secure telemedicine platform instead of waiting for an in-person consultation. 

Save time, money, and lives with remote patient monitoring

Patients save both time and money with RPM. With a complete healthcare-at-home solution, patients don’t need to go to a clinic for a prescription or ask their physician about tests results. Instead, patients can use their provider’s telehealth solution to immediately check in with their provider about any concerns they may have. Not only will this assure them that someone is watching out for their health, but this will save them the time and money that they would typically spend traveling to their physician.

Providers will also save time and money. Re-admitting chronic care patients put a strain on a practice’s resources. With RPM, high-risk patients can receive care at home instead of taking up the healthcare facility resources. Not only will this allow high-risk patients to avoid infection, but it will also save the healthcare facility costs associated with having a patient in a bed. Time spent re-admitting patients continually will be reduced, costs related to having patients re-admitted will decline, and staff resources allocated to care for re-admitted patients are focused elsewhere.

RPM can help to save lives as well. Because chronic care patients and non-emergent patients can use remote patient monitoring and telehealth to check in with their providers, the number of unnecessary hospital visits will decrease. When the number of unnecessary visits decreases, medical institutions will become less crowded, which means that they can admit patients in dire need of emergency help more quickly.

Experience the advantages of a complete healthcare-at-home solution 

Providers should consider implementing this technology that will help them to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. Healthcare-at-home is opening up new horizons when it comes to caring for patients with chronic conditions.

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