Top Five Reasons Remote Patient Monitoring is the Best Option for Any Practice

 

As we continue to read, patient remote monitoring is an increasing trend among home and healthcare providers. The Medicare payment penalties related to readmission rates within 30-days (in some cases 90-days) after a cardiology incident are driving both private practices and larger healthcare systems to look at other options. Here are five reasons why remote patient monitoring is gaining momentum and how it is benefiting patients as well as practitioners.

  1. A Shortage of Healthcare Providers.Over the next decade the United States will face a huge physician shortage.The projections show a scarcity between 61,700 and 94,700, with a significant shortage showing among many surgical specialties1. The report aggregates the shortages in four broad categories: primary care, medical specialties, surgical specialties, and other specialties (AAMC,Association of American Medical Colleges.)
  2. Technology and Innovation.Life expectancy for females is 2 yearswhile for males, it’s 76.4 years2.(CDC) People are just living longer. To keep up, leading healthcare providers are using high, quality, cutting edge technology and new innovations in their practices.  RPM has also been used in cardiology for over 15 years and has demonstrated ease of use, cost savings and improved outcomes3.(insights)
  3. Value-Based Payment SystemsValue-based care, which revolves around clinicians getting paid according to the quality of care patients receive instead of the traditional fee for service payments, is the new payment strategy in healthcare. RPM will play a major role in value-based care by increasing ongoing interactions between patients and clinicians via digital messaging and transmission of biological data3.
  4. RPM can be installed quickly, improving outpatient care and making the transition from hospital to home easier. For example, LindaCare’s platform, OnePulse, provides creates an efficient workflow automation and integrationwith electronic patient record. Therefore, making it effortless to track patient care and health status.
  5. Proven Benefits.In 2015 Medical Care released a study illustrating that “a post-discharge interactive voice response remote patient monitoring solution paired with case management helped the Geisinger Health Plan lower 30-day all-cause readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries by 19.5 percent.” Additionally, another study by HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found “that pharmacists guided by telemonitoring (patient monitoring) results helped patients achieve better blood pressure control (71.2 percent) than those who received traditional office-based care from their physicians (52.8 percent) over a prolonged period of time.”

 

Reliable, easy-to-use remote patient monitoring systems, such as OnePulse, offer the US healthcare system a way to reduce costs while delivering quality care coordination, cost effectiveness and efficiency.