There are several potential use cases for Remote Patient Monitoring. For example
- Chronic Care Management- Primary care providers can keep tabs on patients with chronic conditions in between office visits, promoting care management, and intervening if data indicate a pending health issue.
- Post-discharge care- Health systems are eager to keep track of patients after they’re discharged to make sure they follow their care plans and don’t experience setbacks that could lead to rehospitalization. In this scenario, the provider can also connect the patient with physical therapists and other specialists involved in rehabilitation.
- Senior care- The growing numbers of seniors aging in place are putting pressure on providers to develop programs that connect to their older patients in their homes.
- Workmen’s compensation cases- Payers, businesses, and providers are all interested in tracking patients who have been injured on the job and are rehabilitating at home. All want to make sure they’re adhering to their care plan and are on a path to returning to work.
- COVID care- For patients who test positive for COVID-19, home-based monitoring for symptom escalation can help reduce the risk of transmission and can target the provision of hospital-based care on a timely basis, should the need arise. As we face a growing hospital bed shortage, allowing for this type of remote monitoring can free up valuable and critical hospital resources to treat the most critical cases.
- Behavioral health and substance abuse- Providers treating these populations want to keep track of their patients outside the office to gain a better understanding of the social and environmental challenges affecting their health. An RPM platform can help providers identify health concerns and step in to address a potentially harmful issue, and they can be available in times of crisis. In addition, providers treating substance abuse issues can monitor their patients for relapses and ensure compliance in medication-assisted therapy (MAT) programs.
While hospitals and health systems generally view RPM as a means of engaging with a selected population of patients outside the hospital, smaller practices and even solo physicians can find value in the service to reduce unnecessary in-person visits, cut traffic in the waiting room, improve patient engagement and make sure patients don’t have to visit the hospital or doctor’s office for some emergency that could have been avoided. The solutions enable continuous remote monitoring of body temperature and other vitals, either at home or in care centers, for clinical trials.