The very idea of RPM was sowed for the sole purpose to promote health at lower costs and extend a continued care even after patients left the hospitals. The key benefactors are the chronically-ill patients for whom RPM would serve as an early warning system to enable early intervention – hence reducing emergency visits. This not only saves the invaluable moments saving life and also save the costs that are expensive. Another objective was to extend continued healthcare and make home the central place of care.
Ongoing care management has been the focus. RPM helps monitor at-risk patients and render a data driven decision making and improve Patient Oversight & Management. The patients and the families also see this concept highly beneficial owing to the secured feeling; improve patient compliance and patient education.
RPM allows medical practitioner’s monitor their patient’s health remotely and receive near real-time data through interactive mobile devices. This helps largely with regards to preventing initial hospitalizations, help improve long-term health and manage costs as well.
Let’s look at some of the key outcomes of RPM that patients, providers and payers benefit from:
Educates about self-care:
The core purpose is to educate and being self-aware of their medical status and how best to manage it. This makes healthcare more interactive thus uncluttered and less complex. The user-friendly solutions equip patients to participate more actively in their own care.
The primary focus with respective to patients are-
- Improved patient education
- Empower patients to self-manage
- Improved patient compliance
Wireless mobile technologies won hands down in a study conducted by Center for Connected Health, 2013, for improving patient engagement, clinical outcomes and operational workflow. Patients using wireless mobile devices are more likely to transmit their vitals than those on modem-based devices.
This primarily lays emphasis on improving the quality and experience of the non-urgent patient care. An analysis of integrated delivery system on the East Coast cardiac patients revealed that over a 9 month period, patients on RPM solutions had fewer emergency room visits and fewer hospitalizations than the patients who were not. This is attributed to the better symptom control, reduced emotional burden of illness and increased patient satisfaction.
With an increasing elderly population, clinicians find it extremely challenging to cater to all the demands of health services. A typical elderly (chronically-ill) patient will require 2-3 nurse visits a week. This was time consuming and affecting effective resource utilization as repeated patients got more attention making acute-care facilities struggling for inpatient stays. But with RPM, visits could cut down drastically, hospitalizations decreased, and so did expenses.
Overall reduced medical costs:
With chronic conditions and readmissions being the most significant contributors to healthcare costs, RPM seems to be the solution.
A study result published by Advance Healthcare Network revealed:
A health system in Texas conducted a yearlong RPM pilot project in elderly patients with chronic illnesses. Participants in the program were provided a tablet, weight scale, blood pressure cuff and a pulse oximeter. Prior to the study, the average cost of care for each patient who completed the pilot program was $12,937; after participation, the cost for treating those patients fell to $1,231.
The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies reports that a large public healthcare system in Florida launched an RPM program to improve patient care transitions post-discharge. Within two years of the program’s inception, it helped the system avoid 950 readmissions to the hospital, resulting in savings of more than $5.3 million, based on average hospital system costs of $5,600 per hospital admission or readmissions (which is much lower than the national average of $9,600 according to CMS).