CHICAGO – Home health providers looking for guidance on remote patient monitoring systems will soon have an online resource from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety.
The group will host the “Guide to Patient Monitoring, Improved Patient and Safety Outcomes” on its website to provide a forum for manufacturers, clinicians and the public to post and find information on patient monitoring devices, technology and solutions that are available or may become available on the market.
“We are often asked by our followers what patient monitoring systems we would recommend,” said Michael Wong, founder and executive director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, an advocacy group dedicated to improving the safety and health of patients, and shedding light on prevention and other safety initiatives. “We are strong advocates for continuous digital monitoring of patients on opioids and other medications, and we hope that the guide will help with their decision-making process.”
PPAHS developed a standard set of questions and sent them to manufacturers of patient monitoring equipment. The guide will contain their answers.
Wong said the home health market is ripe for such a forum.
“Patients who are discharged to the home or other post-acute facility and their caregivers have questions about their medications and care plan,” he said. “We’ll be answering questions and posting articles that we hope will help.”
Wong said that while the industry has been slow to adopt patient-monitoring, the technology has already begun changing the way health care is delivered.
“It can’t be overemphasized that the real promise of technology is in giving us the ability for real-time monitoring of patients,” he said. “With patient monitoring, we can tell how the patient is doing through data and analytics, and then be able to adjust their treatment. They will get better care.”