The Digital Connected Care article series elevates the conversation from tech talk to the practical application of remote patient monitoring in clinician designed workflows with evidence of improved outcomes without increasing staff burden.
As the two-year anniversary of the earliest detection of the coronavirus approaches, COVID-19 continues to overwhelm health systems and disrupt life where vaccinations remain low. Digitally connecting with patients outside the care setting, employing remote patient monitoring (RPM) offers a method to help manage surges by allowing 24/7 monitoring of patients at home to determine if/when their condition warrants admission to a hospital.
These same mechanisms can be applied to managing acute and chronic diseases outside the clinical setting., However, the evolution from visionary technology to demonstrated improved outcomes remains elusive. The opportunity is now to incorporate RPM or more specifically, patient-generated health data (PGHD), into clinician-designed workflows and devices that meet the needs of the patient and the care team. Patient-generated health data refers to clinical information actively generated by the patient, such as surveys, questionnaires and biometrics (for example, home blood pressure readings).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published a report that concluded, in part, that the promise of PGHD is tempered by lack of standards, data integration, evidence of use, burden of tracking, suitability of use and unknown accuracy of data. While there is a significant and growing interest in the practical application of PGHD into the clinical workflow, the report cited a low number of such applications primarily due to lack of workflows designed specifically for PGHD with which to demonstrate value.
Accelerate Health, the innovation hub of HIMSS, is working with a community of healthcare providers and system integrators to define care models and specific workflows to demonstrate how the proper integration of PGHD can meet the needs of the patient and care team and drive mainstream adoption of RPM. At the foundation of these solutions is low-friction access to patient data through the implementation of open standards-based software. This provides one open API, thus allowing any compliant sensor to securely and automatically connect to any compliant gateway and clinical health record system on a global scale.
Look for these future articles that highlight opportunities and efforts to deliver on the promise of RPM:
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