Remote patient monitoring (RPM) can be practiced in a whole variety of ways. For higher acuity patients, RPM can be used to real-time monitor and engage patients when something may be off, so they can be funneled to the right healthcare provider. RPM can also be used to help patients on the lower acuity side improve their lifestyle and adherence to care plans.
In its simplest form, RPM is sharing patient-generated data at a distance. At Carium, we believe that there’s a much more transformational approach that helps to repave the way in which healthcare is delivered today. The data gathered from RPM can be used to deliver hyper-personalized care at a population-level reach.
Anna McCollister, a patient advisor to the FDA, has been tracking her own health digitally through multiple devices for at least a decade.
On our recent Health IRL, she shared this animated diagram that shows everything she manages as a part of her health journey including lifestyle modifications, physicians, medications, labs, and devices.
“This is what life is like for me as somebody who lives with chronic disease and it’s where we’re moving in this culture and society,” McCollister said. McCollister is proactive, not just because she enjoys tracking and managing all of this data, but because it has real consequences on her life. All of this aggregated, patient-generated, data gives providers a more complete view of a person.
“There’s been a tremendous disconnect between healthcare providers and patients for a long time,” said VP Digital Health and Innovation at Avenue, Robert Longyear. “The best way to illustrate this is by saying, you spend about 15 minutes to 20 minutes with a healthcare provider at any given time, but patients live their life with chronic illness on a daily basis.”
By using this data and partnering with patients, care teams can provide highly personalized care that’s adapted to a unique person’s health situation, their goals, and what they want to change about their behavior. Through this partnership, providers build trust and stronger relationships with their patients.
“RPM is a new way of providing proactive and supportive care to patients with lifetime chronic illnesses,” said Longyear. “It’s about being connected, and sharing, and communicating between the care team and patient on a more frequent basis.”
Putting data in the hands of patients with RPM is also valuable because patients can see their performance, link activities, and better understand where they’re at so they can advocate better for themselves.
At a macro level, RPM also helps providers to collect data from multiple patients, to manage the outcomes of a broad group of patients in a way that’s both effective and cost-efficient. Through dashboards, care teams can monitor patients and discover trends that are rising and falling in potential acuity and risk, determine who needs attention, and proactively intervene when necessary.
Personalized care and population health co-exist and complement one another. Once care teams identify a person in the population health lane that needs more attention, providers use their patient-generated data to dig in and interact with them to create that change. By having this infrastructure in place, there’s a lot of continuous improvement that can occur.
Remote monitoring and virtual care are the future of healthcare.