The rise of Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) in a COVID-19 world

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Here at Jayex we’re witnessing a shift to remote patient interactions and a growing demand for remote patient monitoring (RPM) capabilities and this demand has increased following the crippling impact COVID-19 has had on global healthcare systems.

RPM enables patients to use their mobile device to gather personal health information which can be sent to health professionals. This enables the health professional to monitor treatment for that patient from a distance. Conditions that can be monitored include chronic disease states, post-operative recovery, and COVID-19, amongst others.

This shift to RPM has been accelerated by COVID-19 to meet the changing needs of healthcare providers. The advantages of remote interaction have never been more beneficial. To understand exactly why this technology is so critical, we need to explore the benefits in more detail:

Improved Patient Outcomes

Today’s patients are more technologically-minded and independent than previous generations. Far from resisting innovations like mobile check-in and telehealth, they’re open to anything that promises to streamline the patient experience. Especially if it also gives them greater control over treatment plans.

The need for timely medical communication has never been more important than during this pandemic, where the patient care journey quite often needs to occur outside the walls of hospitals.

With RPM, the modern consumer can access and engage with their healthcare provider at their ease and convenience, wherever, whenever and however they like. Most importantly, if they feel empowered to care for themselves in a safe and reliable manner, they can achieve better health outcomes.

Better Quality Care

RPM ensures patients are continuously observed and their health data is analysed and used as the basis for establishing adequate alerts and recommendations to support doctors in decision making.

This approach allows for a preventative, predictive, and personalised approach to each patient’s health management, enabling earlier intervention whilst also delivering a better experience in the comfort and privacy of the patient’s homes.

Reduced Burden on Healthcare System

RPM can help patients with chronic conditions maintain health so they can stay out of hospitals as much as possible. When patients stay out of hospitals, they are not sitting in waiting rooms or taking up hospital beds - an important consideration in the current climate. This is particularly relevant for patients who live in rural locations given the limited healthcare resources in these areas.

RPM in ‘The New Normal’

The adoption and implementation of RPM has been expedited by COVID-19. This year has put many healthcare organisations in uncharted territory, and has highlighted how critical accurate and timely analytics are.

As with telehealth, we believe this demand will only continue to grow post-COVID due to its convenience and efficiency for both patients and healthcare providers alike. RPM will be ubiquitous, and a standard for patient care thanks to the expansion of virtual care services. Our research has valued this home care and RPM service at $12 billion across the UK, Australia and New Zealand markets 

With the growing demand for digital tools reaching an all-time high, it's crucial that practices consider remote technology as a means to maintain consistent patient engagement for the foreseeable future.

Jayex are always looking for new and innovative products to add to the Connect platform that enable healthcare providers to have more meaningful interaction with patients before they get to the clinic. That’s why we continue to partner with leading RPM providers such as Lifespot and MyFiziq.

Lifespot’s BodyTel software platform and integrated Bluetooth technologies allows patients to monitor chronic diseases and critical conditions with their smartphones. MyFiziq’s CompleteScan platform on the other hand enables patients to collect and submit personal data such as dimensions and other health information with their smartphones.

By adding these capabilities to our Jayex Connect platform, we will have one of the most comprehensive patient management systems available to doctors, responding to the increasing demand for telehealth and remote patient management options.

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