In recent years, we’ve seen a significant amount of investment in the telehealth space—$3 billion this year and projected to reach $25 billion by 2025. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its widespread quarantines and lockdowns, has given telemedicine its moment to shine after years of under-fulfilled promise.
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Telehealth, or remote monitoring, refers to healthcare services provided through wearable devices, apps, videos, artificial intelligence, videos, and, of course, telephones. Telehealth profoundly expands the functionalities of Care Management. In healthcare, remote monitoring provides more thorough and efficient interaction, which is also more relaxed and intimate.
According to the Pew Research center, 92% of American adults now have a smartphone and they depend on it. Many prefer sending health data via this device to their healthcare provider rather than visiting the doctor’s office. On the other hand, the remote providers find this exchange of data very helpful in improving health outcomes for their patients.
Remote monitoring enables healthcare providers to care for more patients at a lower cost while also experience less burnout, reports Michelle Pampin in Welkin. So, here are the most significant benefits of remote monitoring in healthcare:
Remote patient monitoring improves responsiveness
Time is very important in managing a medical condition. Remote patient monitoring enables medical professionals to track their patients in real-time, allowing healthcare workers to respond and take the proper course of treatment.
Remote monitoring reduces hospital burden
Patients with chronic disease account for over 60% of hospital bed days. The care of people with chronic conditions consumes a large proportion of health and social care resources. Moving certain healthcare services from the hospital to the home is a potential solution to help reduce this resource burden while improving patient health outcomes.
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Remote monitoring is flexible and fosters continued care
Remote patient monitoring works in two ways: as a complement to or a substitute for in-person care delivery. That gives providers the flexibility to shift their care model based on patient population needs, organizational capabilities, and resource availability.
Remote monitoring increases care plan compliance
Patients are more likely to feel like a partner when they’re generating their own health data. This enables them to comply more with their provider’s instructions and data sharing.
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