by Aidan Taylor

May 18, 2021

What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

As the world becomes more and more digitized, new innovations in the healthcare industry continue to emerge. Remote patient monitoring, or RPM, is one of the latest tools that has developed in order to optimize the way healthcare is delivered.

Remote patient monitoring is the use of technology in order to proactively track and manage patient health without the need for in-person visits. Through a personal device, patients can consistently capture their health data and transmit it directly to their healthcare provider. The ultimate goal of RPM is to improve health outcomes and significantly reduce costs for the patient, while increasing both efficiency and revenue for the healthcare provider.

What is needed to provide Remote Patient Monitoring?

Remote patient monitoring comes in many forms, and before offering it to patients, providers should decide what devices best align with the goals of their practice. Whether it be a smartwatch or on-body sensor, strategically-selected hardware that supports digital connections is one of the keys to successful remote patient monitoring.

Depending on the hardware selected, providers should also invest in intelligent software in order to effectively implement a remote patient monitoring program. With a flexible software framework, healthcare organizations can take their own approach to delivering remote care.

Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring.

The time spent waiting for a doctor’s appointment is inconvenient, and at its worst—dangerous. Remote patient monitoring significantly reduces the need for patients to see their healthcare provider in person. They can receive personalized care in a much shorter amount of time without many of the costs and obstacles that often come with in-person appointments.

Not only does remote patient monitoring help improve a patient’s quality of life and recovery rates, thereby increasing ROI for clinicians, it also boosts healthcare organizations’ efficiency. The ability to receive patient data remotely and in real-time reduces the strain on emergency rooms and lets clinicians provide the best care possible while lowering potential mental and physical fatigue.

Relation to Behavioral Health

Remote patient monitoring is particularly beneficial to those with chronic conditions, such as behavioral health patients. Frequent visits to the doctor can often lead to burnout, a loss of motivation, and financial strain, all of which ultimately worsens patient outcomes. Remote patient monitoring reduces healthcare-related costs, which naturally encourages greater interaction between a patient and their treatment plan, and with the right technology, it also boosts patient engagement, leading to a higher quality of care.

How can iTether help.

iTether is here to support behavioral health providers and patients everywhere with our comprehensive health management system. We seamlessly integrate various management solutions, including RPM, into a single user-friendly platform in order to help healthcare providers streamline their workflows, increase revenue, and, most importantly, improve the lives of their patients.