Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is becoming more common in the healthcare industry and allows physicians to monitor their patients without dealing with the barrier of in-person visits. RPM has proven to be a highly effective form of routine monitoring and has offered many benefits to the facilities that have implemented it.
However, many doctors and healthcare professionals question which patient demographics would see the highest impact benefit from RPM and whether or not it is worth adopting into their practices. While some demographics may benefit more than others, there is a benefit to be found in each. So, what is the ideal demographic for RPM?
What Is The Ideal Demographics For RPM?
While RPM can be effective with just about every demographic to some extent, it’s important to look at the goal of medicine. That goal helps determine where RPM can effectively meet that goal within each demographic.
Specifically, the “holy grail” of medicine is patient-centered care through the use of precision medicine. In this, it’s crucial to have the proper treatment and tailor that treatment specifically for your patients. While there are several ways to approach this, let’s look at the specifics for two demographic groups.
The first group to benefit from RPM is the difficult-to-treat patients. This group consists of patients with illnesses that are difficult to control. Consider asthma, for instance. Say you have a patient who has asthma, and despite giving them medicine, increasing their care, and constantly monitoring them, you’re having a hard time controlling their asthma attacks.
Remote patient monitoring is extremely effective with a patient like that because it would allow you to intervene sooner and potentially locate triggers or points of friction that you would otherwise miss in a traditional form of care and monitoring.
Patients Who Want To Learn
Another demographic that can benefit from RPM are patients who simply want to learn more about themselves and their illness. RPM lets them take a more hands-on approach to their care by using technology to read and report health-related data. This hands-on approach allows them to learn about their illness and communicate readings with their healthcare professionals.
How To Implement RPM
Multiple demographics can benefit from the use of RPM. However, unless you implement it, RPM can’t help you or your patients. Thankfully, if you’re interested in implementing RPM into your healthcare practice, there are a few simple steps you can take towards that goal.
Typically, RPM programs stem from an initiative in which the primary goal is to take the clinical burden off the medical staff regularly using a “virtual medical office” of sorts. In this, there are several available technologies and devices that will help you monitor patients and reduce the number of necessary in-person visits.
Consider reaching out to Aluna about how their spirometer can help you and your patients monitor their asthma and increase their quality of care. Contact us today with any questions or concerns you may have about implementing Aluna into your RPM practices!