Question becomes: ‘What is the cost of not doing these programs?’
WASHINGTON and DURHAM, N.C. – Remote patient monitoring programs offer health care providers new ways to deliver better quality care and extend their reach, according to a report by eHealth Initiative and Validic.
“The health care industry needs to incorporate remote patient monitoring programs because we are experiencing a shortage of physicians and an increase of patients with chronic conditions,” said Ashley Rae Needham, director of corporate initiatives at Validic, a health care technology provider. “Remote monitoring is a solution to meet those needs.”
RPM programs passively and continuously collect and transmit patient-generated health data (PGHD) from in-home devices. When compared to health data collected exclusively during in-person physician visits, PGHD is more accurate and more holistically reflects the patient’s condition, the report’s authors wrote.
The findings suggest that when PGHD is leveraged in remote care programs, hospitals and health systems can see a reduction in care costs as a result of better operational efficiency and improved clinical outcomes.
“The idea of using data from wearables and remote monitoring devices to improve care is no longer just wishful thinking,” said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO of eHealth Initiative, a nonprofit health care information advocacy organization.
Needham said federal regulations are shifting to mitigate the financial challenges of providing remote patient monitoring programs, setting up providers to embrace the technology or be left behind.
“Health systems can be wary of additional investments,” she said. “With the consumerism of health care, patients are becoming more proactive about how they access care and they want to be stakeholders in their health. The real question becomes, what is the cost of not doing these programs?”