Scaling RPM Innovation to Solve the Healthcare Problem
By Jacques Belanger
If “post-pandemic” is a real place, we are hopefully quickly reaching it. Industries and processes that were stalled are now picking up their speed, moving full steam ahead to re-establish their place in a new, post-lockdown world.
But, in the realm of healthcare, things never decelerated. Instead, the pandemic created an unprecedented pace of acceleration in the adoption and deployment of new models of care, like Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM).
These innovations, broadened by pioneering healthcare providers to confront temporary challenges, have now irreversibly changed the healthcare system. They’ve also created enormously positive outcomes for providers and patients, and have given us new capacity to tackle critical issues confronting our health systems.
But, as we possibly begin to “return to normal” and leave the some of the urgency of the pandemic behind us, what’s the next landmark for remote care? How can we sustain this momentum of innovation, and leverage digital health tools in ways that further solve our current and future healthcare problems?
The challenge with remote care is no longer demand, it’s supply. These new models of care, which have been proven to lower healthcare expenditure and improve patient health outcomes, must now be scaled to mainstream populations.
In doing so, providers have the potential to more effectively care for patients, as well as to alter the course of unsustainable growth trends burdening our healthcare delivery systems.
But, how do we do this, and what do we need to reach this transformative, mainstream scale?
Driving Care Solutions Home
As our systems shift towards value-based care delivery models, new logistical networks and supply chains are required to provide this hospital-grade care in community. These solutions necessitate the logistical and patient engagement expertise capable of literally delivering remote care solutions door to door. In addition, it requires the expertise to successfully onboard consumer patient populations to effectively engage with their care programs.
Unlike face-to-face care, coordinating health from a distance requires calculated workflows to manage all connected care assets, as well as patient experience. But, this ingredient in the telehealth mix is far removed from the DNA of health organizations, and disrupts their ability to effectively leverage RPM technologies for large volumes of patients. Instead, providers require solutions and support to manage these added layers of service.
Linking the Chain
Logistical and operational support partners provide this support to healthcare providers. These partners manage the logistics and supply chain of remote care programs and streamline key processes and workflows; enabling health organizations to reach higher volumes of patients.
Key partnerships between health providers and leading health logistics companies are now bridging gaps in scalability to further expand the capacity and coverage of remote care solutions.
While health organizations continue to provide quality care to patients, their logistics partners bring to the table robust quality management systems, comprehensive patient support processes, and the ability to manage the many moving parts of device and medical asset management.
This combination results in the efficient delivery and setup of digital health tools, and the successful onboarding and continuous support of patients.
We may soon move past the Public Health Emergency that defined much of telehealth service provision in the last few years. Now, the systems, processes, and innovations we’ve used can be reallocated to other health crises that critically challenge our healthcare systems.
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