- Remote home monitoring and telemedicine services can make a big impact on coordinated care by better tracking the ongoing health conditions, symptoms, and vital signs of each patient. If any minor issues are found, they can be tackled much more quickly than if a symptom was allowed to escalate before the patient went to see the doctor.
Instead of people ending up in emergency rooms or being admitted into the hospital, remote home monitoring technology can warn physicians of early symptoms and an intervention can take place to prevent the need for acute or emergency care.
A study published by WinterGreen Research called Telemedicine: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018 illustrates how remote home monitoring systems and telemedicine services reduce the need for hospitalizations and emergency care.
“The telemedicine in the home is cheaper than the consequent emergency room visits and hospitalizations that occur if chronic conditions are ignored,” WinterGreen Research stated. “There is a certain inevitability related to chronic disease condition care delivery. People that take care of themselves tend to stay healthy.”
“People that are not attentive to protecting their health tend to have medical conditions that contribute to deteriorating health and benefit from early intervention when it is delivered in a manner to which the person can relate. Telemedicine is, at its core, a way to extend clinical services to make them part of lifestyle consultation. It provides a way to initiate two way communications with a patient, forever changing the doctor - patient relationship to a collaborative one.”
When it comes to chronic disease, early interventions are best suited to addressing any changes in a patient’s condition. In fact, it is also beneficial and can make a real difference in patient care if a wellness environment is developed and lifestyle factors like exercise and diet are considered.
Without a physician to guide patients on their health and wellness, many are bound to make the wrong choices due to lifestyle habits or the lack of knowledge regarding nutrition or fitness. However, patients may be unable to continually take part in a healthy lifestyle without the proper intervention.
This is where telehealth services, remote home monitoring, and even mobile apps come into play. These devices can both improve communication between patients and providers as well as better track overall health and vital signs. Through mobile apps, patients could receive feedback and encouragement aimed at helping them stick to healthy lifestyle choices.
Telehealth can also help improve wellness education and ensure patients are complying with clinical recommendations. Advanced remote home monitoring systems have shown among congestive heart failure patients that these technological interventions can prevent the need for hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
This can also in turn reduce the skyrocketing costs seen within the healthcare industry. Over time, health insurance companies are likely to see the financial benefits of using remote home monitoring technology and the prevalence of these technologies will likely rise significantly.
Remote home monitoring can bring about a multitude of benefits and these include teaching patients to self-monitor their medical conditions as well as use mobile devices as a way to communicate with their providers. As the healthcare industry continues to focus on improving patient health outcomes, it will become more imperative to implement both telehealth and remote home monitoring solutions.
“I personally think that mobile health technology and remote monitoring tools are going to be widespread in the future,” Dr. Raj Khandwalla of Cedars Sinai Medical Center told mHealthIntelligence.com. “I think that when you look at the implementation of mobile technology, you have biosensor technology rapidly evolving. You have clinical decision support tools that are being integrated into the electronic health record that help guide decision-making among physicians.”