Slideshow 6 trends in remote patient monitoring

  • January 26 2016, 3:17pm EST

Trends in Remote Patient Monitoring

Most informatics professionals at 100 healthcare organizations surveyed by Spyglass Consulting Group were evaluating remote patient monitoring technology (RPM) to support population health management. Fifty-four percent of respondents were accountable care organizations and 26 percent were evaluating other at-risk payment and care delivery models. In an 81-page report on survey results, Spyglass Consulting examines remote monitoring trends.

High Interest in Remote Monitoring

Seventy-seven percent of providers surveyed were evaluating RPM solutions to help manage value-based care risk associated with supporting large chronically ill populations to help achieve the Triple AIM of improving care quality and outcomes, controlling healthcare costs, and increasing patient satisfaction.

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Significant investments in mobile RPM solutions

Eighty-four percent of providers surveyed who had deployed RPM were using mobile devices, primarily tablets, to support chronically ill patients recently discharged from the hospital. This represents a 105 percent increase from Spyglass’ findings in a June 2013 report where 41 percent of providers were supporting mobile devices.

Strong interest in patient BYOD and wearables

Over the next 12 to 18 months, 54 percent of providers surveyed are evaluating BYOD options allowing patients to use their personal mobile devices to manage and monitor their health. Further, 48 percent of providers surveyed are investigating how wearable technologies including smart watches and activity trackers can be used to remotely support chronically ill patients. No providers in the June 2013 report were exploring these options.

Embracing analytics and Big Data to support population health

Seventy-nine percent of surveyed providers are embracing analytics and decision support tools to help turn raw patient data into actionable knowledge and insights to manage and monitor value-based risk associated with population health. This represents a 285 percent increase from Spyglass’ June 2013 report where only 20 percent of providers were using analytics and decision support tools.

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Adopting RPM solutions that support patient engagement

A majority of providers surveyed believe RPM solutions must support patient engagement capabilities that enable patients to learn about their conditions, communicate with the care team, and connect with individuals with similar health conditions. Patient engagement support would also help provider organizations address the federal government’s EHR meaningful use requirements.

Struggling to integrate RPM with clinical infrastructure

Seventy percent of providers expressed concerns that RPM solutions were not well integrated with existing clinical care processes, infrastructure and tools. At-risk patient care models with bundled payments and shared savings are still being evaluated. Clinical care roles, processes and medical interventions across the care continuum have not been well defined. Strategic partnerships with community-based resources are still evolving. IT infrastructure, including EHRs, analytics and decision support tools, have not been fully deployed.

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The Spyglass report, Healthcare without Bounds: Trends in Remote Patient Monitoring, costs $2,495 and is available here.