Remote Patient Monitoring Improves Care For Chronically Sick

Clinicians typically only see patients for a few minutes. They must make decisions based on the brief snapshot of patient vitals measured at the time of interaction. Technology that enables remote patient monitoring (RPM) places much information in the hands of clinicians. Devices that collect patient data either in hospital beds or at home, provide medical workers with a big picture of what is happening with people’s bodies. When monitoring people from their homes, clinicians gain the opportunity to provide preventative care that greatly reduces doctor visits and hospitalizations.

Integration With Wearable Tech

RPM devices work by applying a wearable device to patients that then transmits data to clinicians by the internet. For example, the portability of the Philips Medical Tablet allows clinicians to manage more patients. The tablet only needs a wi-fi connection to send information to a central monitoring system where clinicians can attend to emerging problems remotely.

A patient carries a holter monitor. Credit: Misscurry

Similarly, the Dozee Pro device that has recently completed clinical trials in India helps clinicians follow patients in-home care settings. The device alerts medical workers to harmful changes in heart function, respiratory rate, and blood pressure so that they can take quick action before a problem becomes a medical crisis.

Medicare Supports RPM

In the United States, Medicare has approved payments for users of RPM. The advantages of RPM have become clear for serving an elderly population managing chronic conditions, like heart disease and diabetes. Clinicians, who had the ability to catch alarming changes in patient vitals early, were able to reduce patients’ emergency room visits by 92 percent. Readmission rates to hospitals fell by 40 percent when RPM was used post-discharge.

Dr. Juan Manuel Romero, a cardiologist at a hospital in Ciudad Obregon in Sonora, Mexico, engages in a pre-op consultation with Alma Guadalupe Xoletxilva and her doctor, Edgar Cuevas, who are 400 miles away in La Paz, Baja California. Credit: Intel Free Press

How would access to continuous physiological data change your ability to make timely care decisions? Comment with how you would like to use RPM for your patients.

ABOUT Dozee

Recognising the dire need for better preventive care, our founder Mudit set out to bridge the gap in healthcare of making actionable data available for predictive health alerts. He left his career as a race car driver and teamed up with Gaurav to get this dream on the fast track.

After being tested and proven to be 98.4% as accurate as medical-grade devices, the first Dozee device was sold in 2019. All through 2020, Dozee became a crucial part of Covid wards across India, helping doctors and nurses monitor their critical patients constantly and remotely.

Article Sources

https://www.medicaleconomics.com/view/your-doctor-will-remotely-see-you-now
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https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/medical-devices/dozee-laun…

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