RPM or Remote patient monitoring devices enable the monitoring, reporting, and analysis of a patient’s acute or chronic conditions while they are away from the hospital or clinic. They allow providers to make proactive clinical decisions by correctly understanding a patient’s disease state.
Numerous medical practices have shifted to remote patient monitoring after witnessing revolutionary technology. It is unquestionably the most phenomenal tool for improving outcomes while lowering patient and service provider costs.
The communications technology developed to improve efficiency has facilitated a form of patient care that reaches the most distant parts of the globe by connecting patients with physicians and maintaining interaction with clients and service providers via a steady flow of real-time health data.
There are numerous remote patient tracking gadgets on the market today. The following are a few devices frequently used during remote patient monitoring programs.
- Oximeter (Pulse Oximeter)
A pulse oximeter is a non-invasive clip connected to the patient’s finger to assess light wavelengths that evaluate blood oxygen concentration. Much oxygen is distributed in the patient’s red blood cells. A pulse oximeter also records a patient’s pulse.
- Cuff for measuring blood pressure
Blood pressure cuffs determine a patient’s blood pressure and heart rate flow by measuring the changes in artery motion. The Wirelessly blood pressure sleeve cuff is identical to those we’ve all used at the doctor’s office, the significant distinction is that it sends data to the clinician in real-time for review.
- Stethoscope + ECG
A stethoscope records heart and lung sounds, whereas an ECG records heart function. The ECG is commonly used for patients with cardiac conditions such as a coronary artery or arrhythmias disease. The stethoscope amplifies internal body sounds, allowing the provider to record bowel, heart and lung sounds.
Glucometers use a small sample of blood put on a testing strip attached to the device to test a patient’s blood sugar. A tiny drop of blood is placed on the testing strip by the patient, which is read first by the meter to yield the blood sugar level reading. The data is then sent to the provider in real-time for review.
A Bluetooth thermometer gives a rapid and accurate picture of the patient’s fever (body temperature), providing the provider with valuable information to reassure the next steps of care.
Bluetooth thermometers come in various styles, such as non-touch electronic temperature sensors, which scan the forehead and then contact thermometers, typically placed under the patient’s tongue for a precise reading.
- Wearable tech (Continuous Monitoring and Activity Trackers)
Providers can use activity trackers to monitor their patients’ steps, heart rate, fall risk, and sleep. They provide the provider insight into the patient’s daily routine, allowing the provider to understand better how everyday routines affect the patient’s health and symptoms. Providers can use the activity data to inform the patient’s treatment plan. Fitbit and Apple Watch are two popular activity trackers.
Above are a few Remote Patient Monitoring Devices that assist patients in engaging with and understanding their health daily. When patients engage with their health daily using RPM devices, they are much more likely to see long-term positive health outcomes.
The DocsInk RPM platform gives us access to consistent physiologic patient data, allowing for rapidly detecting deteriorating circumstances and disease progression. DocsInk’s real-time communication features improve patient engagement and, most importantly, speed up care delivery.