Strengthened by the era of digitalization, remote patient monitoring (RPM) uses information technology and devices to collect patient data and examine patients’ vitals and condition, even outside of conventional healthcare settings.
Why remote patient monitoring?
Imagine if a patient has a chronic condition such as cancer, kidney disease, or diabetes or recently had an acute traumatic event such as a heart attack or a car accident and their doctor needs to monitor them to be sure their health doesn’t take a bad turn. The patient could go to the doctor regularly for physical exams, but if they do the physical exams remotely and send the results to the doctor, it could save time and travel expenses and prevent exposure, not to mention lessening the monetary and logistical costs of foot traffic for the clinics themselves.
Remote patient monitoring statistics
Between 2016 and 2022, the American Medical Association Digital Health Research surveyed 1,300 physicians at three regular intervals to investigate physician motivations and requirements for integrating remote health tools into their practices.
Based on this research, here are 9 statistics that highlight the effectiveness of and migration to digital health and remote patient monitoring:
- Trust in Digital Health. Physicians who believe digital health tools benefit patient care increased from 85% in 2016 to 93% in 2022, with increases observed across all physicians, regardless of age or specialty.
- Usage of Digital Health Tools. The use of online technologies among all physicians, regardless of gender, specialty, or age, has also increased substantially. The average number of digital health tools used by a physician rose from 2.2 in 2016 to 3.8 in 2022.
- Switching to Virtual Visits. The adoption of digital health tools that aid in remote care has grown the most. The use of virtual visits by physicians increased from 14% in 2016 to 80% in 2022, while the use of remote monitoring devices more than doubled from 12% in 2016 to 30% in 2022.
- Remote Healthcare Ratio. Two in every five physicians intend to use augmented intelligence in their practices within the next year, with nearly one in five already doing so. While digital therapeutics are currently underutilized, they have the highest percentage of planned incorporation in the years ahead.
- Progressive Patient Management. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, telehealth nursing statistics “reported that agencies using telehealth have an average patient-to-nurse ratio of 15:1, as compared to non-telehealth agencies having a ratio of 11:1.” This telehealth nursing statistic suggests that lower nursing costs are a result of more efficient patient management supported by technology.
- Remote Patient Population. According to Insider Intelligence estimations, RPM tools will be utilized by 70.6 million US patients (or 26.2% of the population) by 2025.
- RPM Market Growth. ResearchAndMarkets.com estimates that the remote patient monitoring market will reach a whopping $85.031 billion by the end of 2026, up from $20.027 billion in 2019.
- Top Advantages for Physicians. The top factors influencing physician interest in digital health tools are improved clinical outcomes and work efficiency. The ability to assist in the reduction of stress and burnout has also gained prominence as a key driver of digital-tool acceptance.
- Top Patient Advantages. American patients ranked the top five consumer benefits of remote patient monitoring through MSI International’s studies. According to the results, the most-loved advantage of RPM is convenience (43%), followed by efficiency (39%), control over personal health (37%), greater accuracy (36%), and peace of mind (36%).
Remote patient monitoring devices
As the success of integrated telehealth solutions continues, the development of RPM devices will adapt to what patients require.
Any device that can capture a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, or pulse is considered a remote patient monitoring device. RPM devices come in various shapes and sizes. For example, some are heavy, some are handy, and some can even be worn for easier accessibility.
Meet the N9+ for RPM — 9 remote physical exams in one compact kit
One of the innovative technologies making RPM more accessible is NONAGON’’s N9+, a portable, FDA-cleared kit which includes a stethoscope, infrared thermometer, otoscope, and oximeter. The N9+ performs 9 fundamental physical exams, putting the power of remote patient monitoring in the palm of both patients’ and physicians’ hands. With convenience and efficiency as top priorities, the N9+ simply pairs with the user’s smartphone via platform integration to securely send exam data to the clinician immediately.
With the recent technological advancements and adoption of RPM, it is safe to say that the RPM breakthrough in diagnostics, care, and treatment is taking health care to a higher level.
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