To monitor 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 the provider 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, and cut down on their travel costs and infection risk.
The following are common remote patient monitoring devices we usually see used in remote patient monitoring programs for chronic care management:
Blood Pressure Monitor
Blood pressure monitoring can assist with management of many conditions including hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure(CHF), and kidney dysfunction. Any condition with the symptom of hypertension, or high blood pressure, can benefit from at-home blood pressure monitoring.
With remote blood pressure monitors, providers can perform ongoing virtual monitoring and treatment of hypertension/high blood pressure. In addition, remote monitoring helps avoid misleading blood pressure readings due to “white-coat hypertension.”
Blood Glucose Monitor
For diabetics, monitoring blood glucose levels is absolutely critical to their safety. For diabetes patients, monitoring blood glucose levels is one of the most effective remote patient monitoring applications.
Providers can use the data captured by a remote blood glucose monitoring device to detect potential alarming changes in glucose levels and take immediate actions.
The pulse oximeter is a non-invasive clip that is attached to the patient’s finger (or occasionally earlobe) to measure light wavelengths that determine blood oxygen level—how much oxygen is circulating in the patient’s red blood cells.
Pulse oximeters are used among patients with chronic conditions, including chronic heart or lung issues like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or 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.
A fever is a key indicator of many conditions, including COVID-19, the flu, or other infections. For other conditions, a fever can be a sign of worsening or exacerbated symptoms.
A Bluetooth thermometer provides a fast and accurate picture into the patient’s fever (body temperature) offering the provider essential information to inform the next steps of care.
All-in-One Health Monitor
Measurements of the most important parameters for remote patient monitoring have become possible with a single device, such as Mintti-Vision, which has multi functions of measuring heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure,blood glucose, blood oxygen and ECG. With Mintti-Vision Health Monitor device, remote patients monitoring can be carried out in the home or in any other places.
A digital stethoscope supporting telemedicine live streaming, overcomes the limitations of a conventional stethoscope as the sound data is transformed into electrical signals which can be amplified, stored, replayed and, more importantly, can share auscultations anywhere in the world in real-time for an expert opinion, making it very useful in remote patient monitoring.
As digital stethoscopes, such as Mintti Smartho-D2 AI-powered stethoscope, become more common, remote patient monitoring can provide a new level of comfort to patients and doctors by allowing them have personal interaction in different locations. A desktop, laptop or tablet device with a video conferencing or telepresence system are all compatible with the digital stethoscope, which will make the entire process seamless.
Some wearables enable continuous monitoring through a sticker or patch. Applied onto the patient’s body, these wearables facilitate ongoing symptom and biometric tracking. Wearables can track a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, glucose, weight, and stress in one single device.
With wireless monitors, cloud-based platforms, and telemedicine, wearable devices such as Minttihealth Heartbook, help health providers continuously monitor their patients’ arrhythmia, abnormal heart rate, and rhythm remotely and safely at home.
With the convenience of telehealth, remote patient monitoring has become popular. More providers are implementing remote patient monitoring to implement best practices for chronic care management, and more types of remote patient devices are expected to be used in the future.
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