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Frequently Asked Questions

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Remote Patient Monitoring or Management is a new healthcare solution which involves the use of technology to oversee patients’ health data on a regular and ongoing basis. The data is reviewed and analyzed by a physician or health care provider in a remote location. RPM is designed to reduce one-to-one physician-patient contact while improving access to healthcare and encouraging patent engagement.

Who Developed Remote Patient Monitoring and Why?

RPM was developed by Medicare as an initiative introduced to encourage better engagement between healthcare providers and aging patients. With aging comes a variety of health risks and more often than not, these factors are ignored until chronic symptoms develop. RPM is designed to reduce this eventuality.

RPM is not meant to eliminate traditional doctor office or hospital visits. Rather it is meant to reduce how often patients need to make such visits by monitoring their vitals from the comfort of their homes.In traditional healthcare patients, especially those with chronic conditions, mostly visit when they experience acute symptoms. As a result, doctors may only be involved when the issues have already escalated. With RPM physicians are constantly aware of their patient’s conditions. This constant monitoring helps them to identify subtle physiological changes and provide quick and effective solutions before the symptoms worsen.

It begins with an onboarding process where patients are equipped with approved and necessary medical devices to measure blood glucose, heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, and other relevant parameters. The data is collated by a monitor which would be set up according to your unique specifications and health requirements. The monitor records your general wellness levels and this data is then uploaded to be reviewed by your physician.Based on the data collated and to prevent any abnormalities that may result in emergency room visits, your physician may recommend an office or telehealth visit and suggest adjustments to your medication, diet, or lifestyle habits.

All devices involved in the RPM programs are approved by the FDA. The approval means compliance with the FDA definition of a medical device as described in the Federal, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The devices must also be equipped to digitally collect, transmit and upload valid patient physiologic data and must be capable and necessary for illness diagnosis. The data collated by these devices must enable physicians to understand patients’ health conditions and provide a suitable treatment plan.

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