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What Makes Remote Patient Monitoring Different from Traditional Telehealth?

Key Features and Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring Explained.

By Tracy Lopez – National Sales Director

Exploring the Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring

Recent economic challenges and layoffs at companies like Walmart, Optum, and Amazon Health have highlighted flaws in traditional digital healthcare models. These models often rely on audio or visual calls, which can make health discussions feel impersonal and transactional, lacking the genuine doctor-patient bond that is crucial for effective care. 

So, how can we tackle this challenge and create a remote care model that fosters ongoing engagement between doctors and patients? The answer lies in Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). RPM technology doesn’t distance doctors from their patients; it brings them closer together. Continuously tracking patients’ health metrics between appointments provides doctors with a clear understanding of their patients’ well-being since their last visit. This enables doctors to make informed decisions about any necessary adjustments to the care plan during subsequent appointments, ensuring that patients receive personalized and proactive healthcare throughout their lifetime. 

What is Remote Patient Monitoring? 

RPM is a method enabling healthcare providers to monitor patients’ health data beyond traditional clinical settings. Achieved through a range of devices such as wearable sensors, software applications, and other digital tools, RPM collects vital information like heart rate, blood pressure, glucose levels, and more. This data is then transmitted to healthcare providers in real-time, facilitated through communication methods like Wi-Fi or LTE connections.

Why Do We Need Remote Patient Monitoring? 

RPM opens avenues for new methods of care by enabling continuous monitoring outside traditional clinical settings. Here’s just a few examples:

Hospital At Home

RPM programs offer the advantage of receiving hospital-grade care from the comfort of your own home or any location, without the need to be physically present at a medical facility.  

Decentralized Clinical Trials

RPM can improve the efficiency and accuracy of clinical trials by providing real-time data from participants. It enables remote participation, reducing the need for frequent in-person visits and accelerating the development of new treatments and medical advancements. 

Diagnosing Chronic Diseases

RPM enables doctors to conduct tests such as sleep studies and assess heart health directly at patients’ homes, eliminating the need for multiple appointments to diagnose issues. 

Now that you’re familiar with RPM, and its use case, what’s needed to start your own program?

How to Start Your Own RPM Program? 

Starting your own RPM program to address healthcare challenges is a promising idea, but it comes with significant hurdles: 

Initial Investment 
  • Technology Costs: Purchase devices like wearables and sensors and invest in a software platform to collect and analyze data. 
  • Infrastructure: Set up servers, data storage, and ensure reliable internet connectivity for seamless data transmission. 
  • Training and Support: Train staff on how to use the technology effectively. 
Technical Expertise 
  • IT Support: Maintain a team to manage and troubleshoot devices and software. 
  • System Integration: Integrate RPM with existing Electronic Health Records (EHR) and healthcare IT systems. 
  • Data Analytics: Hire data analysts to interpret the data and provide actionable insights. 
Patient Training and Engagement 
  • Educational Programs: Provide training for patients to use RPM devices correctly. 
  • Continuous Engagement: Keep patients engaged with regular follow-ups and reminders. 
Compliance and Regulations 
  • Regulatory Requirements: Ensure compliance with healthcare regulations like HIPAA for data privacy and security. 
  • Quality Standards: Adhere to clinical guidelines and maintain device accuracy through regular calibration.

Despite these challenges, now is the perfect time to consider implementing your own RPM program. Partnering with specialized companies like Medioh can greatly simplify the process. We offer tailored solutions to address your unique needs, helping you navigate the complexities of technology, infrastructure, training, and compliance. By collaborating with us, you can seize the opportunity to enhance patient care and drive positive outcomes in your organization. 

The Medioh Advantage

At Medioh, we address these challenges with comprehensive solutions for launching, managing, and scaling your RPM programs. Starting an RPM program from scratch can be daunting and resource-intensive, but with Medioh, you don’t have to worry about the complexities. We have already developed the necessary infrastructure and systems to make RPM implementation seamless and effective. While we offer a wide range of services, we solve two of the most important challenges to ensure that your RPM program is a success. 

Managing the RPM Program 

We collaborate with leading medical device manufacturers, logistics partners, and digital health systems to integrate telehealth solutions while maintaining regulatory compliance, such as FDA, ISO 13485, HIPAA, PIPEDA, and Canada Health data security.  

Additionally, you benefit from our team’s expertise to identify the best solution for the specific challenges you’re facing, as these challenges are not new to us. Our experienced professionals work closely with you to understand your unique needs and tailor our services to fit seamlessly into your RPM program. This collaboration ensures that you have access to the best devices and solutions in the industry, enhancing the quality and efficiency of the care you provide to your patients, all while ensuring regulatory compliance. 

Furthermore, we provide comprehensive reports detailing the progress and performance of your RPM program, allowing you to track outcomes and make informed decisions to continually improve patient care. With Medioh, you have a trusted partner dedicated to your success in remote patient monitoring. 

Simplifying RPM Logistics 

We breakdown the complexity of logistics to ensure smooth operations: 

  • Start-to-End RPM Management: We handle the entire medical device logistics process from start to finish. This includes sourcing and setting up devices, software installation, and pairing devices with patient accounts. 
  • Secure Shipping and Handling: We manage the shipping logistics through our trusted third-party (3PL) healthcare logistic partners, ensuring that the devices reach patients promptly and securely. 
  • Dedicated Support Team: Our contact center provides effective communication with your patients during kit delivery and returns, ensuring they have the support they need.

Contact Us 

With Medioh, you can confidently launch, manage, or scale your RPM program, knowing that the complexities are efficiently managed, allowing you to focus on delivering high-quality care to your patients.

With our extensive experience and deep understanding of the history of telehealth, we are uniquely positioned to help you navigate and leverage the full potential of remote patient monitoring.

Contact us today to explore how we can elevate your RPM program to new heights. 

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