It wasn’t too long ago that you were discharged from the hospital after a procedure, which went well, but the attendings generally want to keep an eye on their patient’s vitals and progress during recovery. With everything that is happening, you don’t feel comfortable making repeated trips to the hospital and the doctors don’t want you to come in either. How can you continue your care without doctors seeing you in person? The answer for many providers and patients has proven to be remote patient monitoring.

For more information on remote patient monitoring services and bringing a telehealth platform to your office, visit Beam Health today!

 

What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

UCLA Health defines remote patient monitoring as the use of “digital technologies to monitor your health from your home instead of the hospital”. Remote patient monitoring systems can check vital signs, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, electrocardiograms, and more. Healthcare professionals receive this patient data and can analyze it remotely, allowing providers to make decisions in real-time, then advise patients on the matters of health, all the while the patient is in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Remote patient monitoring will change the course of patient-doctor communication by making teleconsultations the new normal. 

 

How Does Remote Patient Monitoring Help Patients and Providers?

This is a profound change for healthcare providers and patients in need of continuous monitoring, adding a new level of clarity in the decision-making process. No longer do patients have to make unnecessary trips to the hospital or carve time out of their day to run to the doctor’s office for matters that can now be available on a remote monitoring device. If a patient is concerned about a spike in their blood pressure or a drop in blood sugar, healthcare professionals can use remote patient monitoring to perform a check to see if it is necessary for the patient to come into the hospital or office to meet with a healthcare physician. 

 

Are Patients Buying into Remote Patient Monitoring?

The beauty of this all is the continued evolution of patient care technology which gives patients peace of mind that they are buying into. A 2019 survey performed by VivaLNK shows 64% of patients over the age of 40 would use a “wearable health monitoring device” if it reduced the number of in-person visits to a doctor’s office or a hospital. In the age of convenience, where people are growing accustomed to technology improving their everyday lives, patients are seeing modern solutions appear in the field of medicine and are embracing them.

 

How Do Providers Effectively Use Remote Patient Monitoring?

So what does this mean for practices who have yet to buy into these modern solutions? The time is now. Remote patient monitoring and telehealth drastically improve the care doctors and healthcare professionals provide with minimal changes to the way they perform their work. Providers have the technology available to them that will increase productivity and quality of work-life balance. Marrying remote patient monitoring to telehealth is the simplest and most effective way to deliver care to patients who are interested in cutting down visits. Being able to receive a patient’s vitals remotely and then have a face to face meeting with them minutes later via a HIPAA compliant video consultation is the type of care that current and new patients will come to expect. 

Beam Health offers the easiest and most secure telehealth platform available today. Providers are onboarded within 24 hours in most cases, and patients are not expected to download any apps or software. At the time of the visit, patients will receive a text message that directs them to a HIPAA compliant video chat. Please contact a team member today for a demo of the Beam platform to see how Beam makes telemedicine easy.

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