The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures has resulted in more healthcare workers relying on remote patient monitoring (RPM) as a way to provide quality wellness assistance while relieving a burden on the healthcare system and the patients themselves. Keep reading to learn more about RPM and how it helps doctors and patients succeed through the pandemic.
What is RPM?
RPM uses information technology to collect data from patients while in their homes or not in the typical healthcare environment. It acts as a bridge from doctor to patient with the use of tablets/smartphone technology as means of communication.
Fewer Hospital Visits
By attending to a patient’s needs by way of RPM, Doctors and nurses have a less congested working environment. Not only does this reduce the risk of transmission, but it also allows for more available ICU beds and recovery rooms for patients who are seriously ill.
Patients Maintain Their Independence
For patients who are in the recovery process or are experiencing mild symptoms, RPM allows them to stay in a familiar environment, and continue with most of their daily activities. This level of comfort helps to reduce stress, which in turn aids in the recovery process.
The benefits of RPM throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have helped doctors and patients find more convenient and safer ways to collect data and manage their health.