Monitoring certain aspects of a patient’s health from their own home has become an increasingly popular option for chronic care management. Remote patient monitoring allows providers to optimize clinical staff efficiency and combat clinical staff shortages. At the same time, it helps patients engage with and better understand their health daily, as well as reduce their travel costs and the risk of infection.
The following are common remote patient monitoring devices that are commonly used in chronic care management programs:
Blood Pressure Monitor：
Blood pressure monitoring can assist in managing conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF), and kidney dysfunction. Any condition with hypertension symptoms can benefit from at-home blood pressure monitoring. Remote blood pressure monitors enable providers to conduct ongoing virtual monitoring and treatment of hypertension. Additionally, remote monitoring helps avoid misleading blood pressure readings due to “white-coat hypertension.”
Blood Glucose Monitor：
For individuals with diabetes, monitoring blood glucose levels is crucial for their safety. Monitoring blood glucose levels is one of the most effective remote patient monitoring applications for diabetes patients. Providers can use data captured by a remote blood glucose monitoring device to detect potential alarming changes in glucose levels and take immediate actions.
A pulse oximeter is a non-invasive clip attached to the patient’s finger (or occasionally earlobe) to measure light wavelengths that determine blood oxygen levels. Pulse oximeters are used among patients with chronic conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), CHF, and for COVID-19 screening and monitoring. They are also used for patients with pneumonia and asthma. Pulse oximeters help providers monitor changes in a patient’s lung function.
Fever is a key indicator of many conditions, including COVID-19, the flu, or other infections. For other conditions, a fever can signal worsening or exacerbated symptoms. A Bluetooth thermometer offers fast and accurate information about the patient’s fever (body temperature), providing essential information for guiding further care steps.
All-in-One Health Monitor：
Devices like Mintti-Vision enable the measurement of crucial parameters for remote patient monitoring with a single device. Mintti-Vision measures heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, blood glucose, blood oxygen, and ECG. This health monitor allows remote patient monitoring to be conducted at home or any other location.
A digital stethoscope with telemedicine live streaming overcomes the limitations of conventional stethoscopes. Sound data is transformed into electrical signals that can be amplified, stored, replayed, and shared globally in real-time for expert opinions, making it valuable for remote patient monitoring. Digital stethoscopes, like Mintti Smartho-D2 AI-powered stethoscope, enable personal interactions between patients and doctors in different locations, using compatible devices such as desktops, laptops, or tablets with video conferencing systems.
Certain wearables enable continuous monitoring through stickers or patches applied to the patient’s body. These wearables facilitate ongoing symptom and biometric tracking, including heart rate, blood pressure, glucose levels, weight, and stress, all in a single device. Wireless monitors, cloud-based platforms, and telemedicine enhance the usefulness of wearable devices such as Minttihealth Heartbook, allowing health providers to remotely and safely monitor arrhythmias, abnormal heart rates, and rhythms at home.
With the convenience of telehealth, remote patient monitoring has gained popularity. More providers are adopting remote patient monitoring as a best practice for chronic care management, and the use of various remote patient devices is expected to increase in the future.
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