Healthcare is easily one of the most important aspects of any country. To measure the effectiveness of any healthcare system, several parameters come into consideration. For example, how accessible healthcare is, how affordable it is, payment plans, how good are the doctors? While these aspects are essential to consider when looking at healthcare systems or institutions, there is one more aspect – Remote Patient Monitoring. Almost every healthcare institution has now invested heavily into Remote Patient Monitoring, especially after the recent events of Covid-19.
The sole purpose of RPM is to use technology to collect and monitor health data from patients and get them to a doctor over the Internet. The idea seems simple enough, but it has revolutionized how healthcare works in a short time. It has given people the luxury of staying at their homes instead of going to a clinic for a routine checkup. It has helped people get more educated about their disease, and it has helped doctors make more informed decisions.
Remote Patient Monitoring skyrocketed in popularity due to the Covid-19 pandemic. RPM systems were the perfect solution to the problems that hospitals faced. They gave doctors the option of avoiding physical contact to treat their patients, hence reducing the virus’s spread. As a result, there were no empty beds in hospitals, and Remote Patient Monitoring allowed the less critical patients to be treated from their homes. These benefits drew attention towards RPM devices, and RPM got the recognition it deserved.
Since Remote Patient Monitoring Systems have become standard, there is some misconception around how an RPM device works. While every Remote Patient Monitoring device will work differently, there is a fixed principle that RPM is based upon. In this blog, I’ll explain the basic working of a Remote Patient Monitoring device and the steps involved in it.
Working of a Remote Patient Monitoring device:
These are the basic steps involved in working a present-day Remote Patient Monitoring device.
1- Collecting Patient Data:
For a Remote Patient Monitoring device to perform its function correctly, it needs an abundance of data from the patient. This data can vary from heart rate oxygen levels to blood pressure and sugar levels. All these patient vitals need to be collected in the form of data to be sent to the doctor. Every RPM device has a module attached to it to collect the related data. The modules can be placed on the device itself or under the patient’s skin. After the Remote Patient Monitoring device is set up, these modules or sensors start collecting data from the patient. This data can be monitored on the dedicated application for the device.
Accurate collection of data is significant in the working of the Remote Patient Monitoring device. Every step that follows is based on the collection of data. If Data Collection is accurate, the RPM device can proceed to the next steps.
2- Transmitting Patient Data:
After collecting data, the next step is the transmission of that data to the relevant sources. Like there are sensors or modules to collect data from the patient, sensors are placed on the device to transmit the data. These sensors could be Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, depending upon the device you have. The transmission of data has to be efficient as well as accurate. The quicker the data is transferred to the doctor, the better. The information is transmitted to the doctor on their version of the user application, where they can see the data and interact with the patient.
Efficient transmission of data can also depend upon a few external factors. For example, if the data is being transmitted through the Internet, your internet speed needs to be good. So, make sure you have everything covered for smooth data transmission.
3- Diagnosis and Evaluation:
The collection and transmission of data get the necessary information to the doctor/physician. After the doctor has received the data, they have to properly go through it and decide what the patient has to do next. The evaluation can involve several things. For example, what kind of disease is the patient suffering from, what vitals has the doctor received as data, and the patient’s condition? Diagnosing a patient condition in a virtual environment can be tricky, but real-time data makes it more accessible. Real-time data shows the doctor how the patient’s vital have been through the day, week or month. This allows the doctor to make a well-informed decision.
4- Doctors Response:
After the doctor has looked at the data and decided, they have to let the patient know what to do next. If the patient’s condition is getting critical, the immediate response will be to alert the first responders. If the state is normal, the doctor will notify the patient through the app to continue his routine. If the doctor feels that slight changes need to be made to the patient’s routine, they can schedule a call with the patient, all through the device’s mobile application.
These steps cover the basic working of a modern remote patient monitoring device. From Data Collection to Doctors’ responses, these are just the basic steps every remote patient monitoring device goes through. An RPM device may have different modules or sensors, but it will always follow these steps.
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