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September 19, 2017

Healthcare Tech Terms: What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

Remote Patient Monitoring in healthcare

What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

Remote Patient Monitoring (or RPM) enables the monitoring of patient vitals and health stats outside of conventional clinic settings such as surgeries and hospitals. One of the key benefits of RPM is decreased cost of visits for patients, as well as greater availability for in-demand appointments.

Remote Patient Monitoring - The Tech Components

The standard build of RPM devices consist of four core components:

  1. Wireless sensors transmitting information on patient vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate, etc. to be worn in the form of  Wearable device on the patient
  2. Localised data storage at the patient site passing information between the sensors and a centralized repository
  3. A Centralized repository to store data sent from sensors, local data storage, diagnostic applications and providers
  4. Diagnostic software built to provide solutions and advice as a result of the data collected

Read More: What are Wearable Devices?

3 examples of remote patient monitoring devices

Key Applications of RPM

In Diabetes

For diabetics with Remote Patient Monitoring in place, the real-time delivery of blood glucose and blood pressure readings enables immediate alerts for patient and healthcare providers to intervene when needed. The value of a wearable device for Diabetics is indisputable - research has actually shown that the daily management of Diabetes using RPM is just as valuable as visiting a doctor every 3 months.

Dementia Patients

RPM technology can also promote safety and prevent harm of those suffering from degenerative diseases through continuous surveillance. With sensors applied to walkers, canes and the individual themselves, the devices accustom themselves to the patient gait, and balance - this then allows them to activate and alert caregivers if they detect that a patient has fallen.

Heart Monitoring

The ability to monitor vitals at home allows for shorter patient visits, reduced medical costs, and greater freedom to patients suffering from heart failure, or at high-risk of doing so.

 

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