American Medical Association Remote Patient Monitoring Playbook
The American Medical Association quotes, “New technologies are fundamentally changing the way people interact with health care. Successful implementation of digital health technology will be imperative for improving patient outcomes and ensuring financial stability for health care practices.”
Advancing technology, whether by choice or not, has become a friend of today’s healthcare providers. With the challenges of nursing and physician shortages, limited appointment availability due to an increased patient base, and a focus on demonstrating improved quality outcomes while employing cost-saving measures, reducing hospitalizations, and increasing revenue, providers must evaluate how to incorporate advancing technology into the day-to-day delivery of quality care and extend that care beyond the practice walls.
During the pandemic, healthcare saw a rise in the use of telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. Success utilizing these modalities was demonstrated in a report by JAMA noting the unexpected safety benefits, including keeping patients out of the hospitals. Technology allowed the providers to monitor the patients from home, a benefit to those with chronic conditions. The study reinforces the improvement in the delivery of care by remote patient monitoring devices.
The digital technology that allows remote patient monitoring can help alleviate some of the stressors faced by today’s providers, helping them live a more balanced life and generate increased revenue. Patients with chronic diseases such as CHF, high blood pressure, COPD, and asthma can be managed in-between office visits with care coaches, licensed nurses, that work with the patient to take the necessary readings, monitor the condition, alert the provider of any changes in established perimeters, work with the patient to identify lifestyle changes, answer questions, and help avoid trips to the emergency room, or last minute requests for an office appointment. The provider has access to all the patient data in a safe and secure, HIPPA-compliant platform, or access to the data through EMR integration. With this information on hand, the provider can evaluate and modify treatment plans and experience a more efficient office visit with the patient. Other benefits include Improved patient retention; a competitive advantage; proactive care; and data-driven decisions.
To help providers understand more about remote patient monitoring and its benefits, the American Medical Association issued a playbook for providers. It provides an extensive look into remote patient monitoring from identifying the need, forming the team, defining success, and evaluating vendors, to measuring success and so much more. We invite you to view the guide.
If you have further questions or want to further evaluate how remote patient monitoring fits into your practice, please call 888-672-8436, and a representative will answer your questions.