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The Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring: Do They Outweigh the Risks?

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The benefits of remote patient monitoring help optimize healthcare outcomes and create an ideal situation that satisfies both clinicians and patients.

Because remote patient monitoring is still relatively new, many clinicians may be wary of integrating it into their workflow.

To ease hesitations, this article will investigate the benefits of remote patient monitoring and how it can transform your practice.

The Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring

Remote patient monitoring offers clinicians the opportunity to maximize their healthcare goals.

By implementing RPM technologies, clinicians can:

  • Improve timeliness of care
  • Generate more revenue (monthly Medicare reimbursements)
  • Treat more patients
  • Reduce wait times
  • Gather data over time for a more accurate representation of a patient’s health
  • Focus on prevention and early management of chronic diseases rather than treatment
  • Improve relationships with their patients
  • Boost patient retention
  • Support patient self-management in between appointments
  • Ensure that treatment plans are working or make changes if necessary
  • Reduce hospital admissions and total healthcare costs

The following sections will help you understand how RPM drives these outcomes.

Decreased Healthcare Costs

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Chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and congestive heart failure are the leading causes of death and disability nationwide.

They also account for a significant portion of total healthcare costs. Approximately 75% of the nation’s health expenditure of $3.6 trillion (2018) was allocated to treatment for chronic diseases.

Medicare recognizes that remote patient monitoring can help reduce total healthcare costs by focusing on prevention and early intervention of chronic diseases.

To incentivize more practices to implement remote patient monitoring, Medicare introduced 4 CPT codes for RPM services.

These codes pay for device setup, data collection, and data analysis.

Remote patient monitoring can be used for 3 purposes:

  • To prevent the onset of disease
  • For early identification of disease
  • To promote proper management and reduce symptoms

By focusing on preventative care and early intervention rather than treatment, overall healthcare costs will decrease.

Improved Patient Outcomes

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Another significant benefit of remote patient monitoring is that it boosts patient engagement.

The current healthcare system relies too heavily on the patient’s ability to self-manage their health.

Remote patient monitoring focuses on providing better care in between clinic visits, which encourages patients to play a more active role in managing their health.

Because patients are accountable for taking their measurements of a regular basis, they gain an awareness of what range is normal for them and when medical attention is necessary.

Gradually, patients develop a greater understanding of how lifestyle choices like diet, physical activity, and smoking influence their health.

Remote patient monitoring helps patients feel supported in managing their conditions. They know that if a reading is abnormal or concerning, their healthcare provider will be alerted in real-time and can act accordingly.  

Ultimately, patients will feel more satisfied with the care they are receiving, develop better relationships with their healthcare providers, and be more committed to their health.

More Efficient Clinic Workflow

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Another benefit of remote patient monitoring is that it allows clinicians to care for a greater number of patients, which consequently generates more revenue.

Remote patient monitoring makes healthcare more accessible than ever.

Truth is, many tasks that are performed at a physician’s office like measuring blood pressure, weight, or blood glucose levels can be can be completed by the patient from home.

Not only is this more comfortable for the patient, but it also saves time and allows clinicians to focus their efforts where they are truly needed.

A common concern is that patients will struggle to use the remote patient monitoring device.

Remote patient monitoring utilizes cellular technologies to automatically and accurately send data in real-time. Additionally, Tenovi RPM devices are extremely user-friendly and easy to setup.

Regular measurements will accumulate health data that helps clinicians better understand their patients’ conditions.

This optimizes the level of care by allowing clinicians to identify complications early and make adjustments to treatment plans if necessary.

The Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring Outweigh the Risks

The number of individuals with chronic conditions is rapidly increasing. Nearly 6 out of every 10 adults in the United States has one.

With our current model of healthcare, this number is only expected to rise. Remote patient monitoring offers an innovative solution to optimize the accessibility and efficiency of quality healthcare.

Ready to reap the benefits of remote patient monitoring at your clinic? Click here to try a free demo!

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