Healthcare systems across the country are struggling to meet the demand of the many patients who need ongoing medical care. As advances in medicine continue to move forward, Americans are living longer lives. However, as more patients become seniors, overworked healthcare systems face even more strain with a greater workload.
Unfortunately, there is an even bigger health concern facing older adults. Many senior citizens have difficulty managing their basic healthcare needs. As many as 38 percent of Medicare patients report difficulty getting to appointments and meeting health needs. Transportation or the physical ability to attend appointments is a major problem. Additionally, elderly patients often have many doctors and communication between them is not always fluid. These patients have insurance and want to stay active in healthcare decisions. The answer to all of these problems may be coming in the form of remote patient monitoring (RPM).
CMS to Approve Telehealth
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a plan that will allow patients on Medicare/Medicaid plans to utilize telehealth to replace certain in-person visits to healthcare professionals. Telehealth and RPM give doctors the ability to use office technology to treat patients at home. The benefits for elderly and low-income patients will be enormous. Eliminating transportation issues is key for senior citizens and those living in rural communities. RPM will allow doctors to provide continuous care to the patients who need it most.
Pilot Programs Show Promising Results
Pilot programs using virtual visits to supplement office visits are seeing an increased ability for patients to connect with care providers. Patients are more comfortable at home allowing them to become more involved in their own care. Collection of vital signs and the ability to connect with patients provide faster service and could help prevent hospital readmission.
Remote patient monitoring finally offers the ability to release healthcare from the confines of traditional facilities to reach those who need it most. Providing healthcare at home squashes the boundaries of poverty, physical disabilities, and an overburdened system. Patients are building stronger relationships with doctors and experiencing a higher quality of life. If you are seeking more information about RPM and how it can revolutionize your healthcare contact us today.