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Remote Patient Monitoring: The New Tool for Enhancing Healthcare Systems

Jun 23, 2017

Taking healthcare services to the masses in the most cost-effective manner is the prime focus of governments across the globe. Stakeholders in the healthcare system have realized that the traditional healthcare models fail to provide effective medical services. It is in this scenario that technology is seen as a possible option to improve the overall functioning of the Medicare systems. Telehealth, remote patient monitoring (RPM), and mHealth are some examples of how technology can provide value-based medical care.

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Remote patient monitoring: Filling the distance between patients and doctors

Through RPMs, the health-related data of patients in one location is digitally transmitted to health care providers in a different location.  the patient need not travel all the way to a clinic to consult the doctor. Rather from the comfort of his home he can interact with the healthcare professional and get timely help. The system is extremely beneficial for those who are physically handicapped or cannot travel alone due to old age and other disabilities.

By leveraging cloud and big data, RPM systems make it easier for the healthcare providers to access all the medical details of a patient. Right from the management of diabetes and hypertension, to helping cardiac and asthma patients, RPM has touched all the major areas of the healthcare industry. The technology also plays a vital role in bringing down the cases of long hospital stays and cuts down the cost of clinical trials as well.

From the point of view of hospitals and clinics, medical professionals can now dedicate more time to patients who need very close physical monitoring. Timely detection and quick intervention also reduce the hospitalization and readmission rates. Just by providing their services through the online medium, hospitals gain additional revenues. Most of all, the data collected for RPM can be used in clinical trials for new drug discovery.

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Infiniti’s take on remote patient monitoring

Our market intelligence shows that in spite of several advantages, there are some major challenges that are hindering the adoption of RPM throughout the globe. Though at present it’s quite in demand in the US, the initial investment in this technology is quite massive. Also, regulations like HIPAA, make it rather difficult to access information that falls into the category of protected health information. At the same time, there is no denying the fact that RPM is the future of the healthcare industry. By bringing medical help right into the homes of the patients, this technological innovation has emerged as a powerful tool in the healthcare industry.

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