- Remote patient monitoring remains a vital aspect of strengthening patient health outcomes and the quality of care across the medical field. Cardiovascular patients, for instance, could benefit from having their blood pressure and heart rate measured on a regular basis while residing at home. Cardiologists would also be able to better track patients when remote patient monitoring equipment is used outside of the hospital.
Today, remote patient monitoring technology has a wide variety of functions including determining respiration rate, cardiac output, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood, and body temperature. Forbes reported on some common trends taking place right now in ever-evolving remote patient monitoring technology.
For example, wireless sensor tools such as wearable devices are now replacing the old-fashioned wired technology reminiscent of offices filled with wires and cables. Today technology is becoming wearable as smart watches and smart glasses take over many common processes of the physician workflow.
It is expected that by 2018, more than five million wearable, mobile medical sensors will be purchased and used throughout the healthcare space. Most importantly, remote patient monitoring sensors will be able to alert doctors and nurses about any important changes in vital signs.
This type of continuous stream of data could truly revolutionize patient care, as it would allow medical providers to analyze information on a larger population health management platform. Additionally, the federal government has aimed its efforts in both reducing the costs of care while improving the quality of services throughout the medical industry.
Remote patient monitoring technology can be a key method for reducing costs and boosting patient health outcomes. For instance, doctors who find a change in vital signs in their cardiac patients would be able to change their medication before a more serious problem arises and, thereby, reduce the need for emergency room visits.
With the addition of telemedicine services, doctors can both track patients’ health status at home and communicate about any ongoing problems via video-based consultations remotely.
Additionally, Forbes reports on research that predicts 19 million patients will be monitored remotely by 2018. Clearly, there is an ongoing rise in remote patient monitoring technology due to healthcare reforms and new health IT implementations.
“Many factors are critical to the rising demand for remote patient monitoring devices, chiefly including the rising availability of user-friendly, portable devices, and the rising prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, respiratory diseases, and a number of cardiovascular diseases across the globe,” Transparency Market Research reported in a press release.
“However, there are also certain factors, such as lack of reimbursement coverage and concerns related to privacy and security of data, related to remote patient monitoring devices that can hamper the market’s growth.”
A major ongoing trend in healthcare today is the accumulation and analysis of Big Data. This offers a major area of research and new treatment opportunities for patients. New technologies like remote monitoring systems offer a clear path for collecting more information and boosting the analysis of Big Data. Clearly, healthcare trends today are leading to a greater need for remote patient monitoring technology and health IT systems.