Thanks to an overhaul of CPT codes for remote patient monitoring and a growing number of people interested in it, the remote patient monitoring device industry is booming with a wider selection of devices than in the past. It includes devices that can help meet patients' short- and long-term needs. Knowing more about what devices are available can help you understand which options not only suit your practical needs but also help maximize your earning potential. Let's take a look at the devices most commonly used to provide remote patient monitoring services.
As the American Heart Association points out, remote patient monitoring can significantly lower a patient's blood pressure when compared to typical care alone and self-monitoring.
With the help of remote blood pressure monitors, practitioners can continuously monitor and treat hypertension virtually. In addition, remote monitoring can help avoid misleading blood pressure readings due to "white coat hypertension." Due to the stress of the doctor's meeting, these false results occur when blood pressure readings during the on-site visit are higher than the patient's readings in other places (e.g.: home, office).
It's probably no surprise that obesity is a modern problem. But did you know that CDC noted that over 42 percent of the U.S. population was considered obese between 2017 and 2018? To further complicate the issue, obesity can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain preventable cancers. Remote patient monitoring usually uses a body fat scale to monitor a patient's weight. For congestive heart failure patients, even a sudden weight gain of a few pounds can signal a worsening condition, prompting doctors to take action, such as adjusting existing medications, prescribing diuretics, and arranging face-to-face or telemedicine visits.
On the one hand, for physicians dedicated to helping patients lose weight, ongoing body fat scale monitoring can help assess trends and determine success in patient weight loss. On the other hand, if the weight loss is rapid, remote weight monitoring helps ensure that doctors and patients are quickly identified. Doctors can then diagnose the causes of the condition more quickly, including weak bones, compromised immune systems, dehydration, and fatigue.