The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) believes that US healthcare costs could hit $6.2 trillion by 2028, equating to a staggering $18,000 per person. This is a significant increase from 10 years prior and is partly due to the fact there is innovative technology coming through that could transform the world of healthcare and provide better patient outcomes.
One such example is remote patient monitoring (RPM), which could become a standard method of communicating key healthcare data to your physician. So, what is RPM, and why should you consider using it?
Let’s learn what you need to know about this exciting technology.
What is Remote Patient Monitoring?
Remote patient monitoring uses technology to view patient data outside of a standard healthcare facility. The patient can use equipment to measure vital signs such as blood pressure and blood glucose levels related to high blood pressure and diabetes respectively.
After the user sends the information through an app, skilled physicians can then view the data from anywhere in the world as long as they have an internet connection.
Benefits of RPM
Over time, the costs of this technology are likely to come down, potentially making healthcare costs more affordable. While this could take several years, there are already immediate advantages.
Easy to Use
There is often a fear of new technology, particularly among the elderly. However, the equipment and software used for RPM are very easy to operate. A physician could even give a remote training session, so the patient is confident when operating the system.
Reduced Wait Times
A healthcare facility can be a busy environment, and patients could spend a long time waiting to be seen by a healthcare provider. However, when using the equipment at home, there is no need to sit all day at the healthcare facility. You can simply send the data through and wait for your physician to respond.
No Need to Leave Your Home
Remote monitoring can be an excellent option if you have a travel-limiting disability that makes it difficult to leave your home. If you suffer from chronic pain, you may also value not having to sit in a vehicle for a long journey. This can also be an important factor for many people who are worried about mixing with others in case they come into contact with COVID-19.
Monitoring patients remotely means physicians can also view the data from home. This reduces their risk of encountering COVID-19 so they can spend more time helping patients rather than taking time off work to self-isolate.
Contact Victory Medical Today
At Victory Medical, we take pride in staying at the cutting edge of the medical industry. We use remote patient monitoring equipment to provide a higher standard of patient care and convenience. Our medical experts use your data to safeguard your health and provide more efficient patient care.
To learn more about our remote healthcare options, contact the Victory Health team today.