Recent studies show that during the pandemic, medical institutions have increased interest in remote patient monitoring software. Thus, the total value of the RPM market in 2022 in the BRIC countries almost doubled compared to 2015. And, according to Inside Intelligence estimates, by 2025, 70.6 million patients in the United States will use RPM tools, compared with 23.4 million in 2020. Almost half of Americans approve of the inclusion of this type of telemedicine care in medical care services. Let’s consider five tools for remote monitoring of patients, which have proven to be effective methods of remote continuous monitoring and treatment of chronic diseases.
Integrated with EHR IoT devices for IMION home care
In order to establish regular monitoring of patients, medical organizations are improving EHR by linking it with IoT devices. This is how the startup did, creating an innovative skin-applied ID with slightly modified sensors called IMION. The customer managed to solve one of the current problems: to make RPM devices convenient, practically free, and accessible to people with any income level.
Remote patient monitoring tools are connected to wearable devices in order to regularly record vital data (body temperature, oxygen and glucose levels in the blood, blood pressure indicators, and so on). The information is transmitted and stored in a cloud-based electronic medical record. Medical staff monitor the results and contact the patient via SMS, chat or call to adjust the treatment.
With the RPM TeleMedicine platform, people with chronic diseases, with dementia, or after surgery can remain confident that they are under continuous medical supervision and will be treated on time.
Dexcom Remote Blood Glucose Monitoring
Dexcom specializes only in continuous monitoring of blood glucose levels and is one of the leaders in its niche. Dexcom remote patient monitoring software includes:
- the auto applicator that inserts the sensor under the skin;
- an external sensor that measures sugar levels every 5 minutes without puncturing the patient’s finger;
- A receiver device, smartphone, or smartwatch with custom healthcare software where the results of the analysis are transferred.
If the results are below normal or higher, alerts are sent to a smartphone, smartwatch, or receiver device 20 minutes before the sugar level jumps or drops. The new version of the Dexcom G6 application allows you to configure Siri to read glucose readings aloud.
With the help of the RPM system, patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, hypoglycemia, and excessive variability in glucose levels are able to track how physical activity and different meals affect their bodies. In order for concerned relatives to be sure that the patient is fine, it is possible to set up the mailing of results to 10 subscribers.
Remote monitoring of Buddy Healthcare surgical patients
NIH studies have found that about 11% of surgical patients seek re-hospitalization every month due to postoperative complications. To eliminate such incidents, companies are developing platforms for the remote rehabilitation of patients after surgical interventions. Such a mission is pursued and successfully carried out by the BuddyCare care coordination application.
The benefits of remote patient monitoring tools are to help clinics prepare patients for surgery, monitor doctor visits, and promote rapid recovery after surgical interventions.
Clients get access to the software through which they receive instructions on preparing for surgery, as well as reminders about a planned medical examination. The application collects the data necessary for the operation and displays them on the dashboard. This is how the medical staff keeps track of who is not ready for surgery and who needs to be given priority and advanced in the queue.
Through the application, doctors also remotely monitor discharged people. Patients share their symptoms and pain scale and send photos of wounds via the platform. Doctors evaluate incoming data and adjust care, minimizing risks and re-hospitalization.
The medical staff monitors the patient’s compliance with the treatment regimen through a clinical dashboard. If someone starts to deviate from the course, the clinic contacts the person to warn about the possible consequences of “disobedience.” When a patient has postoperative complications, doctors offer inpatient treatment on time.
Recovering at Home after Injuries with myHealthTrack
When a professional athlete gets injured, a team of specialists helps him recover. With myHealthTrack, specialized care becomes available to everyone: preschoolers and students, athletes, active adults, and the elderly.
Doctors, sports psychologists, and coaches develop recovery plans, home exercises, and consultations. The patient receives daily instructions, reminders about taking medications, and psychological help. There is an opportunity to watch training videos on the problem. To consolidate the therapeutic effect and restore the former active lifestyle, the remote monitoring software for patients offers home exercises. So the patient can track the progress of treatment and make sure that he/she is ready for the normal rhythm of work.
This approach allows you to avoid repeated sports injuries and recover quickly. Clients also save on paying for face-to-face therapy sessions. By training on the platform, they relieve fear and anxiety.
Jasper Health Cancer Care Platform
According to WHO, almost every sixth death that occurs in the world is caused by cancer. Patients (and there are more than 10 million of them) need not only high-quality and timely treatment but also regular consultations. For example, when new symptoms appear or the condition worsens. It takes a lot of time to make an appointment and arrive at the clinic, and sometimes it is important for the patient to get a professional recommendation immediately.
It is difficult for a person to live alone with the disease, and the remote oncology monitoring platform Jasper Health strives to correct this problem. Jasper unites patients, caregivers, and doctors. The application implements functions that allow you to organize individual care. For example, recommendations, treatment plans, reminders of daily screening, instructions for recovery after procedures, and so on.
People record vital signs, activity, and symptoms throughout the day. Thanks to the recorded data, the platform identifies high-risk patients and warns doctors. Specialists contact the patient by mail, phone, or via chat to inform them about possible complications and adjust the treatment in advance.
Cancer limits a person’s abilities, habits, and lifestyle. The patient is depressed and gripped by fear of the future, so psychological support is more important than ever. Jasper Health’s coaching includes psychosocial support and palliative help.
Remote patient monitoring tools are gradually becoming the new norm of healthcare. A survey by MSI International showed that 43% of Americans are ready to be treated remotely because it is convenient. 37% like this method of treatment because of reliable health control, and 36% see advantages in accuracy and peace of mind. The growing trust on the part of users also ensures greater interest in RPM. Research and Markets estimate that the remote patient monitoring market will increase from $20 billion in 2019 to $85 billion in 2026. Care for the elderly and patients with chronic or severe diseases becomes more personalized and attentive thanks to innovative RPM software and telemedicine.