A remote patient monitoring platform is a specific type of medical IoT platform. This platform acts as a central hub for a fleet of remote patient monitoring devices (including weight monitors, spirometer, and blood glucose meters) that continuously collect health data from patients at home, work, school, or any other location. It then compiles and analyzes this data to present users with meaningful insights on a patient’s overall health trajectory. This allows healthcare providers to keep a close eye on patients’ health data outside of clinical settings.
The data that RPM platforms provide is extremely valuable for multiple reasons.
Remote patient monitoring can be used to assist patients in managing a wide variety of health conditions, both acute and chronic.
For instance, patients leaving the hospital after long periods of illness are often prone to dangerous relapses. Patients who have just had surgery may develop complications such as infection, embolisms, or organ rejection. Monitoring the health data of these patients during their transition back into their homes helps healthcare providers identify early signs of trouble, intervene before a serious medical emergency can occur, and avoid re-admissions.
In contrast, some patients need additional monitoring and support on a permanent basis, especially if they are managing one or more chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, and COPD. Healthcare providers can use RPM data from these patients to assess the severity of their disease, how well their prescribed treatments are working, and even if the patient is adhering to their treatment plan at all. If the patient is not meeting their health goals, this information helps healthcare providers identify specific ways to tailor the treatment to their needs.
Another use case would be Hospital at Home. These telehealth programs enable patients to receive hospital-level care, telehealth, and RPM services in the comfort of their own homes.
Once RPM programs are in place, they bring a range of benefits to patients. These include:
Healthcare providers who are interested in implementing a remote patient monitoring program for their patients should look for the following features when selecting an RPM platform partner.
From patients to payers, many different stakeholders will potentially access an RPM platform. The software’s interface should be designed to accommodate all of these different users, offering appropriate functions, displays, and navigation to suit the needs of each.
RPM platforms should be able to track and optimize patient engagement using ready-made tools. Automatic alerts for non-adherence can set patients back on the right track while adherence analytics identify patients in need of more involved intervention.
Health data can be used to power a number of different software and record-keeping solutions that enhance patient health. An RPM platform should be easy to integrate with these external solutions to extend the utility of the IoMT network and achieve even better outcomes for patients.
Remote patient monitoring reimbursement is a key concern for healthcare providers starting a new RPM program. Many RPM platforms automatically track the time healthcare providers spend tending to patients on a remote basis, greatly simplifying the process of obtaining remote patient monitoring services.
RPM platforms must conform to the specifications of many different regulations, including HIPAA, the GDPR, and the FDA’s guidelines for medical devices. Only platforms which meet these stringent safety and cybersecurity requirements can legally be used to provide medical care.