The global remote patient monitoring (RPM) market is expected to reach USD 175.2 billion in 2027, growing at a CAGR of 26.7%. This market has been rapidly expanding its services worldwide, from chronic disease managementto tracking patients severed by social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. But will RPM’s benefits stand a chance in an emergency care setting?
The next chapter of telehealth
The role of technology in the healthcare industry has been changing drastically over the past few years. Telehealth is a growing industry with many innovations coming up. Consumers are adopting telehealth because of its convenience and lower cost of care. The next chapter of telehealth is likely to be more about improving the quality of life rather than just reducing costs with RPM. We hope this article will help you understand how telehealth can improve your patient care.
What EMS providers need to know about telehealth
Care providers can use telehealth apps to improve the quality of care provided by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. These tools allow them to provide better care while reducing the risk of infection.
Incorporating telehealth and RPM in the emergency setting is also helpful in providing better care to different profiles of patients, recently among those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It allows doctors to monitor their condition and vital signs remotely without visiting them in person.
How telehealth works
To deliver high-quality care, EMS personnel must be able to access accurate information about a patient’s health status. They can do so through various methods such as video conferencing or audio calls.
- Video conferencing – This method uses two-way communication via a computer screen or mobile device. This type of videoconferencing is used when a doctor wants to see a patient, but they are unable to meet face-to-face due to distance or time constraints.
- Audio call – This method involves a one-on-one conversation between a provider and patient using a phone or similar device. In addition, audio calls are often used for follow-up visits after initial treatment.
Understanding the Core Value of Emergency Medicine
Being available is the core value of providing emergency care services. This includes accepting our ability to care for critically injured patients in the physical location where they were initially admitted. Also, They should be able to provide care to anyone who needs it, regardless of whether it is a true medical emergency or not.
However, emergency departments are becoming overcrowded because people are taking their illnesses to them instead of going to their doctors’ offices. People are also using the emergency rooms as a place to go when they need to see a doctor but do not want to wait for an appointment.
A great example is a cardiologist. Cardiologists are specialists who treat heart problems. No matter how many people go to the emergency room due to heart problems, emergency doctors are the ones who provide care initially before being worked up extensively by a cardiologist. Indeed, Emergency rooms are places where patients go immediately when they feel sick.
Here are the five ways RPM and telehealth can improve emergency care:
1. Aids in time-sensitive cases like trauma, heart attack, and stroke
When time is of the essence, telehealth applications can save precious seconds by scanning patients without requiring them to leave their homes.
A picture shared by a friend could change how doctors perceive a patient. For example, a patient may appear uninjured following a car accident. Still, the doctor must determine whether there were any injuries or other issues, such as deterioration of vital signs.
When a patient has a heart attack, an EMS crew sends an alert. With real-time blood pressure monitoring, this alert was sent to a doctor, who immediately proceeded to the emergency room.
When you bring the primary care physicians, nurses, or critical care team out with you, they have a greater sense of urgency because they are witnessing what you are experiencing. As a result, telemedicine improves the quality of care provided to patients.
2. Provides ICU Physicians & Nurses a Second Set of Eyes
Remote ICU doctors provide better care than hospital staff because they don’t have any distractions.
With improved electronic communications and telemedicine technologies in the intensive care unit, RPM and telehealth allow doctors to provide patient care more easily and quickly. This was exemplified by the efficiency of ICU doctors implementing telemedicine programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. Decreases Barriers and Increasing Access to Healthcare
As an integral part of modern medicine, telehealth and RPM allows doctors to provide medical services to people who live far away from them. It also helps doctors educate other doctors, especially in rural hospitals where medical care warrants urgent care visits. It also allows doctors to monitor patients’ health and vital signs from a distance.
4. Increases convenience to receive routine care
E-triage solutions help people avoid emergency rooms and personal visits. Telehealth helps patients find doctors who can treat them. Care advocacy makes it easier for patients to choose the right doctor.
Virtual care expands the types of care that people can receive virtually or near-virtually. For example, innovations in at-home diagnostics/equipment or combining vitals with at-home nurse visits can expand the types of care that patients can receive virtually or near virtuously. As a result, virtual-first health plans are growing rapidly and are attracting more attention from employers, providers, and payers.
5. Moving Emergency Care Outside the Emergency Department
Emergency care, unscheduled care, and safety net services are all crucial parts of the health care system. Triage, registration, testing, treatment, and discharge are all essential parts of an emergency room.
We believe the biggest impact on providing emergency care comes from combining strategies that affect all three parts of the input-throughout-output model. Rural hospitals can greatly benefit by reducing the cost of care and improving the quality of life with immediate care thru virtual visits.
Call to Action – DrKumo Can Help
RPM hubs are slowly being created to bridge the digital gap between end-users and primary care providers. DrKumo’s remote patient monitoring platform employs RPM hubs to prioritize patients’ needs before getting definitive treatment immediately. This is a big win in providing the best emergency care.
With RPM’s wide range of benefits in the ambulatory and emergency settings, one cannot deny its incredible effects and can potentially affect daily living. In addition, telehealth and RPM provide better quality care as providers can give timely coordinated care that would otherwise be missed or delayed.
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