Every year, the healthcare industry is inundated with growing concerns from patients: higher costs, minimized services, and less face time with doctors. These complaints are the byproduct of an industry that is busting at its seams and overworked. Population growth and extended life expectancies have transformed caregiver services. New diseases are emerging. Older diseases are becoming more difficult to treat and wider spread. Chronic disease such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, and COPD are killing more and more patients every year. Medication and insurance prices are going up and treatment options are being muddied with unnecessary appointments and ineffective services.
Thankfully, telehealth has been developed to help mitigate the effects of these issues and bring healthcare back to its former glory. Through remote patient monitoring and other invaluable services, such as disease management and corporate wellness programs, healthcare providers have been granted tools for improving their services and reaching their patients beyond the physical limitations of their hospital walls and exam rooms.
Connecting Caregivers with Patients
Remote patient monitoring connects doctors, nurses, and clinicians directly to patients through telecommunication. With the aid of a personal computer, smart phone, or tablet, patients can have meaningful and effective conversations with their providers from the comfort of their homes, workplaces, and other chosen surroundings. Not only does this increase the likelihood of patients seeking treatment, it also minimizes expenses and stress associated with typical doctor visits.
One of the reasons remote patient monitoring is so effective is because it helps ease patient concerns. When patients are given the freedom to conduct their own conversations, they are much more receptive to advice and information. For patients living with chronic illnesses or life-threatening diseases, this ease can make all the difference in the world when it comes to their quality of life and overall well-being.
With technology and communication continuing to advance in the direction of smart devices and screens, it’s only natural that the healthcare industry should follow suit. And the benefits of telehealth and remote patient monitoring are not limited to at-home patients and private care practices. Doctors can use this same technology inside of hospitals to visit more patients in a shorter amount of time, thus increasing productivity and helping to eliminate many of the issues that create overworked healthcare professionals.
Connecting Remote Areas
Additionally, remote patient monitoring can help bring medicine and care to patients living in remote areas. Not everyone has direct access to the quality of services provided in larger cities and more populated towns. Remote patient monitoring helps quell these concerns by bringing those same services directly to patients with minimal effort.
Lowered expenses, reductions in hospital and doctor visits, and increased communication with care providers; remote patient monitoring continues to modernize the healthcare field and make significant contributions to improving care practices.
About Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas is a certified management accountant and the president of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, one of the leading telehealth monitoring companies in the U.S. Karen is a nationally renowned speaker, a lecturer for Missouri State University’s graduate-level Health Care Administration program, and a contributing author to, “Home Telehealth: Connecting Care Within the Community,” published by Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. Karen has appeared on numerous webinars and has spoken at dozens of conferences on the benefits of remote patient monitoring, generating enhanced clinical outcomes, patient engagement, and coordination of care. She is a member of the Missouri Governors Innovation Task Force, a past board member of the National Association for Home Care and Private Duty Home Care Association, a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the American Society on Aging, and a past ex-officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America.