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Build Remote Patient Monitoring Software Working on IoT Technology With These Top Trends in USA

Quick Summary: RPM has been around since 1960 but it recently came into the spotlight due to factors such as the growing need for remote monitoring devices, availability of mobile devices, and wearable sensors.

In the pandemic era, remote patient monitoring technologies have experienced a huge adoption among the people and practitioners.

A recent report on the mHealth sector estimated that 3 million patients will be monitored on the mobile networks in the next four years.

This article demonstrates remote patient monitoring software, devices, and top market trends.

What is remote patient monitoring software technology?

RPM technology is the most effective form of virtual care that helps medical practitioners to monitor and manage chronic diseases outside of the traditional clinical setting. The technology uses sensors, mobile devices connected with wifi, local data storage at the patient’s site, a centralized repository, and APIs.

Depending on the disease, and the parameter that is needed to be monitored, different combinations of sensors, data storage, and APIs may be deployed.

Evolution in remote patient monitoring devices, wearable sensors and mobile devices

Traditionally, the devices used for patient monitoring were restricted to the clinical environment. Also, the size and cost of such equipment added limitations to its use.

Now, with technological advancement, such remote patient monitoring devices are getting affordable and lightweight. Moreover, other technologies such as IoTs are enhancing the capabilities of RPM by allowing devices to communicate with each other.

Here is the list of remote patient monitoring devices:

medical wearable devices

1. Wearable glucose monitoring sensor

2. Wearable fitness tracker, wristbands with sensors

3. Smart health watch

It is used to,

  • Read notifications
  • Send messages, and make phone calls
  • Monitor heart rate
  • Track sleep
  • Track activities and mood and more

4. Wearable ECG monitor

5. Wearable blood pressure monitor

6. Wearable biosensors

It is used to measure,

  • heart rate
  • Temperature
  • Respiratory rate
  • Body movement

How do wearable devices work for remote patient monitoring software systems?

Wearable devices are connected with smartphone applications, they transmit and collect health data directly to the remote monitoring platform or healthcare service providers. Here patients do not need to check or track their own vital signs and feed them manually in the database, everything is done automatically.

Wearable devices connected with remote patient monitoring software gather a treasure of information related to patient health and treatment which is used to draw meaningful insights about patients’ health.

The global remote patient monitoring market is expected to reach USD 117.1 billion by 2025 from USD 23.2 billion in 2020 at a CAGR of 38.2%.

What is the role of IoT technology in remote patient monitoring solution? 

how IoT works

IoT (Internet of things) is in the center of remote patient monitoring solution. It enables any hardware device to establish link with software and communicate with it. The best example of IoT-enabled device is a wi-fi camera which allows users to remotely access camera (hardware) from mobile app (software).

Similarly, in the case of medical IoT devices such as smart oximeter, it lets users operate and read data collected by oximeter from the mobile app. The smart oximeter is equipped with IoT module which is responsible for setting up the bi-directional communication using MQTT protocol with software and process the commands given by users through that software.

However, the major challenge is compatibility.  Both software and hardware aren’t made for each other. Thus, there are several by-default issues regarding accuracy and efficiency. It is IoT developers’ responsibility to make sure mobile IoT software and IoT hardware are compatible with each other.

Remote patient monitoring trends or IoT in healthcare trends in the USA

The past year has proven to be a banner year for remote patient monitoring technology and it will continue to grow in the future due to growing health awareness, affordable wearable devices, and advanced remote monitoring systems.

So let’s explore what will be the remote monitoring trends in 2022.

1. Remote monitoring and connected care will continue to transform post public healthcare emergency (PHE) world

The pandemic enforces the healthcare system to introduce RPM during PHE due to the growing number of patients so that doctors can collect patient information from remote locations using telehealth services.

Today, as the use-cases and benefits of RPM are clear many healthcare organizations have started to implement it on a large scale.

According to Health tech Insider reports, 20 % of large healthcare facilities surveyed by VivaLNK said they have already adopted some sort of RPM solution in their organization for efficient healthcare.

Furthermore, Nearly 9 out of 10 healthcare providers have already invested in or evaluated RPM technologies– Spyglass consulting group.

2. New healthcare reforms will change the game of remote healthcare monitoring

In 2020, after witnessing the benefits of remote patient monitoring technology and receiving hundreds of waiver requests from healthcare providers, state government, and state hospital associations during PHE, the Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) temporarily suspended some rules to allow 80 additional services through telehealth services.

On December 1, 2020, CMS finalized new policies related to remote patient monitoring reimbursed under the Medicare program. The changes include:

  • 2021 Physician Fee Schedule final rule clarifying how to interpret the requirement of RPM services
  • General supervision for the purpose of the incident to billing

These new rules enable healthcare organizations to utilize RPM services to drive revenue and improve patient care experiences.

3. Miniaturization of health monitoring devices are trending

The next trend in RPM technology is the miniaturization of health monitoring devices, which are more smarter and invasive. The small size of wearable technology seems to be more comfortable and efficient for the customers to use and monitor.

One example of such a device is CART-I from Korean firm Sky Labs– a convenient wearable ring-type medical device that enables continuous monitoring of patients without user intervention.

It uses the finger as a measurement site to provide accurate information and also has better signal quality compared to other devices.

In the future, we can see more such devices with the ability to measure different vital signs in patients with better accuracy.

4. Strategies to improve connected care with telemedicine and telehealth

There are multiple applications that illustrate the higher potential of connected care using technologies such as,

  • Telehealth for cognitive care
  • Home health programs for chronic illness in old age people
  • Access to expert physicians
  • Remote intensive care
  • Helping patients with medication adherence

However, for these applications to meet their full potential there are some criteria to meet,

  • Need to gather enough information and evidence that ensures care through RPM does not harm patients.
  • Policies and procedures must be set to align physicians to stick to the proper way of monitoring patients with disclosing their personal information. Also, financial incentives must be given to health workers and providers to get the desired outcome.
  • Need for health policy research to evaluate how quality, cost, and other factors affect connected healthcare.

5. Growing need to reduce the stress of healthcare workers

During the pandemic, it was challenging for healthcare providers to work in the frontline while being at risk to get infected. It is no surprise that the healthcare workers working in such situations encountered a lot of stress linked with their personal and family safety.

Further, dealing with multiple patients who are in psychological distress adds more stress to their work. The only solution to safeguard their mental stress is to minimize the number of patient admissions to the hospitals by providing them remote care through telehealth and telemedicine services.

How can we help you build remote patient monitoring software working on IoT technology?

If you think it’s time to empower your healthcare with RPM, we are here to help you!

We are a healthcare-focused IT Company with expertise in enterprise healthcare documentation, consulting, app designing, custom product development, testing, compliance integration, maintenance, and support.

1. Documentation:

If you want to discuss your idea and goals, our team will help you analyze your plan. Later you can discover more about your vision and assign experts according to your requirement for working on specification documentation and business plan.

2. Consultation:

To stay aligned with the rapidly digitizing health service market, all healthcare providers and specialties need to be tuned with the digital ecosystem to stay future-ready. For that, you can count on SyS- Creation’s Enterprise Healthcare Consulting solutions.

3. UI/UX:

We will provide you with various designs to choose from, and initiate the UI/UX designing process based on the design you pick. Further, we will provide suggestions and guidance to make your project design highly intuitive.

4. Development:

We start with defining a clean code architectural plan to initiate product development so that the software code remains easy to understand and maintain for developers. Further, we initiate user documentation making production adoption easier for users.

5. QA:

Delivery of quality products is ensured through strict implementation of processes, procedures, and server testing.

6. Compliance:

IT security and compliance policies are key to the success of digital healthcare. We find out all requirements to maintain compliance standards and avoid security vulnerabilities.

7. Integration:

Our experts in healthcare interoperability and EMR/EHR integration ensure secure and seamless sharing of clinical data across the entire healthcare system.

8. Support:

We look after your product performance and keep it maintained by constantly gathering information through feedback, resolving bug fixes, and enhancing user experience.

The healthcare industry is already focusing on value-based care! Are you in?

The healthcare industry has started investing in value-based care using telehealth services equipped with modern technology including RPM. Their ultimate goal is to reduce readmission rates for hospitals through the RPM-enabled home health monitoring system and other strategies.

Even if you are starting from scratch, our team of experts will guide you starting from the creation of specification documents, UI/UX design, prototyping, MVP development and QA testing.

We assure the quality, by constantly working on the feedback and their implementation, through operational improvement and implementing efficient technologies.

Start investing in RPM to drive your healthcare services with us!