The Tenets of Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote Patient Monitoring really is exactly what it states. RPM is a technology to enable monitoring of patients outside of conventional clinical settings (e.g. in the home), which may increase access to care and decrease healthcare delivery costs. Typically, it involves mobile medical devices (scales, BP cuffs, pulse oximeters, etc.), used by patients to perform a routine test and send the test data to a healthcare professional in real-time. The premise is that the data is reviewed and evaluated by clinical staff and decisions are made about future actions and prognoses.
The Tenets of Remote Patient Engagement
Remote patient engagement includes everything within remote patient monitoring, but adds an additional, significant, level of care – the “next level” in patient engagement, including predictive, proactive and interactive care. For healthcare providers who are seeking to elevate their services to match available technology capabilities, as well as the needs and demands of a modern patient, RPE is where the discussions and implementations are occurring.
True patient engagement includes the ability to survey patients, help them manage their medications and diet, educate patients on their specific condition or disease, securely communicate texts, pictures and videos between patient and provider, and the ability to reward patients for good behavior through gamification and other toolsets.