COVID 19 impact:
The pandemic has impacted communities worldwide. In recent events have presented both opportunities and challenges. Here’s our take on how remote patient monitoring will emerge stronger than before.
- COVID-19 impact resulted in the disruption of the supply chain. It was immediately clear that Remote Patient Monitoring service could be critical to support the health system during a period of lock down and reduced contact.
- As the lock down took hold in the US, we helped a private practice in the greater New York City area adapt their care model, so they could continue to monitor their most at-risk patients on a remote basis. Essentially, it enables care providers to remain engaged with patients, even when patients cannot visit the clinic – to sustain care without disruption.
- We also extended our capabilities to directly respond to the pandemic for patient deteriorating condition, often in pre-symptomatic patients. It’s possible to identify and triage patients at risk of deterioration on a remote basis and earlier detection leads to earlier intervention.
- As adoption of treatment at-home continues to grow, it’s clear that remote patient monitoring is no longer an ‘alternative layer’ to care provision. Increasingly, remote monitoring is an integral part of continuing care. Our view is that remote patient monitoring can, and will, be integrated with everyday practices. We are already witnessing a shift in attitudes. In June, we surveyed nearly 4000 people to understand if the pandemic had changed their perspective on health at home. 91% said they felt safer with a blood pressure monitoring device at home, and 82% believed that remote monitoring would save doctors’ time in the future. To say nothing of patients’ time travelling to a clinic, or sitting in a waiting room.