Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Has Arrived

Rythym published a report with some numbers that are very encouraging for our healthcare system and patients with chronic conditions. Here’s a link to the report:

Executive Summary

Remote patient monitoring (RPM)—the next big wave in healthcare—has arrived. This virtual care management approach, in which physicians remotely monitor patients’ vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and weight, has accelerated during the pandemic. Its rise also coincides with patients’ increasing agility with technology and mobile devices, especially older adults. A January 2022 survey of 100 physicians, administrators, and CEOs from medical practices across the country, found that RPM is not only gaining traction, it will ramp up significantly over the next few months. The survey found that while about half of practices (57%) currently use RPM, about half of those not yet using it plan to implement it in the next one to two years. This means that by January 2024, more than three-quarters of all practices (76%) will be using the care management approach. While the survey indicates significant RPM growth is coming, it also reveals red flags related to the current RPM landscape. The vast majority of survey respondents from practices that already use RPM say that it leads to better patient outcomes and higher patient satisfaction, but most also cite significant challenges associated with RPM, including burdensome staff workflows, lack of patient engagement, and reimbursement challenges. As more practices start RPM programs over the next two years, how can they overcome these challenges? And, how can those practices that are already using the care management approach implement more effective programs? This report has answers.

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