IoT is making it possible for physicians to make real-time decisions and hospitals and health clinics to provide the best patient care possible.
IoT within healthcare continues to expand in response to the increasing demand for healthcare services. One of the biggest growth areas of IoT implementation is Remote Patient Monitoring, or RPM, which has enabled at-risk patients to receive the care they deserve while remaining safe in their own homes.
Smart technology and connected medical wearables are enabling the creation of hospitals ‘without walls’, in which outpatients and long-term care can be delivered remotely by healthcare professionals to patients in their homes, thus freeing up vital bed space for patients who need more intensive care.
In England, the Northampton General NHS Trust carried out a trial in July 2021 that involved partnering with Doccla, a virtual hospital care start-up, to remotely monitor recovering Covid-19 patients and those with chronic illnesses.
The trial involved patients being equipped with wearable devices that would monitor their vital signs, such as pulse and oxygen levels, remotely and alter their care team if their condition deteriorated.
Benefits of IoT for Remote Patient Monitoring
IoT-connected RPM systems provide caregivers with real-time access to essential patient health indicators and enable them to provide more accurate diagnoses and faster and more personalized services. As a result, routine checks are much easier and quicker, and there is less need for physical in-person checkups, visits to the emergency department, and hospitalisation.
Reduced Response Time
IoT-enabled RPM solutions enable healthcare professionals to meet patient needs much more quickly than traditional methods. Early intervention is often crucial in helping physicians diagnose and treat medical issues quicker and more accurately. By continuously monitoring patient vitals, healthcare professionals can make instant decisions regarding medication and treatment. This rapid response can make a difference in preventing delayed diagnosis and saving lives.
IoT-enabled RPM devices allow insurers and government agencies to receive accurate information to process claims quickly. The generated reports from the RPM devices and prescriptions are transmitted securely to the relevant insurer or government office, eliminating the need to fill out lengthy claim forms.
RPM-connected devices deliver essential information that brings together patients, caretakers, healthcare professionals, and specialists. The data gathered can assess the patient’s condition accurately, and help with medication management to ensure appropriate dosages and safe adjustments. In addition, GPS location detectors can be used to enhance RPM systems to help in an emergency, which can be particularly useful for monitoring patients with dementia who may tend to wander off.
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