The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.

— William Osler

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”– William Osler

Remote monitoring patients is not a new trend, but what is new is the ability for doctors to see, in real-time, their patient’s health status often without the patient having to manually record or transmit it.

Real-time data monitoring allows for healthcare professionals to intervene when a patient needs it most, and faster than when there is a transmission delay. Additionally, doctors can see behavior patterns, compare baseline analytics with the real time data and be able to predict patient medical complications. This type of monitoring isn’t just beneficial to the patient but also to the healthcare system.

In 2015, Mhealthpublished a study by the Telemedicine and e-Health journal, in which researchers compare the typical follow-up appointment to that of immediately using remote health monitoring technology among patients with heart disease. They compared the benefits of home monitoring and office visits to those without home monitoring.

One particular result from the study indicated that follow-up costs for patients were reduced by 25 percent with the inclusion of health tracking tools. As such, the researchers recommend the use of remote health monitoring among patients who have had a medical device installed.

Another study from 2015 predicted that in 2018 (Yes! This year!) remote patient monitoring will save the world’s healthcare systems up to $36 billion. In North America alone, those savings will account for little over three quarters of the savings, with Western Europe making up the next biggest chunk.

What do all these facts mean for cardiology practices and health systems? Using a remote monitoring system can help doctors, electro-physicians, nurses etc., streamline clinical work flow, prioritize at risk patients while saving money.

These examples show, real-time patient health monitoring and savvy use of data analytics can help healthcare providers to improve their quality of service while also boosting health outcomes.