Remotely monitoring patients is an increasingly prevalent method of providing care, and a wealth of options have entered the market.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine has experienced a rapid and vast expansion. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a key element of this approach to patient care. RPM relies on the use of digital technology to gather health data from patients who are at locations other than hospitals or doctors’ offices. The types of data captured by RPM devices include blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, heart rhythms, vital signs and weight.
RPM devices transmit that data to healthcare providers who are not physically present with their patients. This technology is particularly useful in reducing hospital readmission rates. It also enables seniors to live at home when they may otherwise need to move into skilled nursing facilities.
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RPM devices on the market today include functionality designed for patients of all ages with a wide spectrum of needs.
- Cardiologs offers expert cardiac care through artificial intelligence and cloud technologies, automating roughly 80% of the labor necessary to perform specialized diagnostic care.
- Babyscripts provides women with pre- and postnatal care via a virtual maternity care platform, reducing the need for in-person visits.
- AltumView Systems offers a medical alert system for seniors, complete with a smart visual sensor, cloud server and mobile app.
On January 1, 2020, home health providers were cleared to include the costs of RPM in Medicare reimbursement, further incentivizing the use of this approach to patient care.