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1. The emergence of remote patient monitoring

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly pushed telehealth into the mainstream of medical care. Remote patient monitoring enables patients to receive monitoring and treatment at home, thereby benefiting health care during the pandemic. In addition, it reduces the time that patients must spend when the COVID-19 virus can spread.

In addition to pandemics, remote patient monitoring can keep patients away from the high cost environment in hospitals and homes. Furthermore, patients will be happier, thus improving their experience and reducing these costs. It is clear that RPM devices will play a greater role in health care than ever before.

2. How can remote patient monitoring reduce the burden?

Telehealth is at the forefront of discussions around COVID. It is a good tool to handle temporary care during the pandemic and reduce the number of patients.

However, telehealth alone cannot provide enough care for many patients, especially for patients with chronic diseases, who need to be followed very closely and frequently to prevent their condition from deteriorating. Real time remote patient monitoring plays an important role here. Through real-time monitoring, you can observe the blood glucose condition, heart rate changes and vital signs in real time. If the doctor receives a problem alarm, he can maintain communication with the patient in a timely manner.

One of the biggest expenditures in health care is chronic diseases. People with chronic diseases often go to hospitals and clinics, but also have a higher risk of COVID complications. Remote patient monitoring greatly promotes the remote collection of data of chronic patients without their frequent access to the nursing environment, thus reducing the burden of the system and the risk of patients. Research shows that remote patient monitoring significantly reduces readmission and emergency room visits, which is critical when employees are overwhelmed, and it also helps to lower the exposure risk.

By using devices such as pulse oximeter to remotely monitor them and promote family based self-isolation, remote patient monitoring is used to quickly discharge COVID patients once they are stabilized. In terms of the success of these programs, we have seen very high satisfaction from providers and patients. The study on its effectiveness also revealed a huge impact on improving rehabilitation and preventing hospitalization, which helps providers become more comfortable to use remote patient monitoring in other areas of their clinical practice.

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