Traditional care requires in-person visits. In contrast, remote monitoring programs passively and continuously collect and transmit patient-generated health data (PGHD) from in-home medical devices to providers and care teams. PGHD, when compared to health data collected exclusively during in-person doctor’s visits, more accurately and holistically reflects lifestyle choices, health history, symptoms, medication, treatment information, and biometric data such as heart rate, blood glucose, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen levels, and weight. As a result, provider organizations are adopting remote patient monitoring (RPM) services – inclusive of data from home health devices – as a new standard of care.
St Anthony Home Health – a leading healthcare provider in South Texas manages a patient population that have chronic conditions like Diabetes and Hypertension. Its providers can now have actionable information gleaned from the data presented via the Equipo Platform. Equipo identifies data trends, elevate critical data points, and help aggregate, summarize, and visualize PGHD in meaningful ways. It allows both patients and providers to easily share, view, and act upon the insights. This makes PGHD useful at the point of care, while encouraging health professionals of St Anthony’s to embrace the available data and further benefit its patients.
For many of St Anthony’s patients, healthcare is episodic. They are treated for the issues that are discussed in in-person doctor’s visits and their providers base treatments around the data collected at that time. It implies that once they leave after receiving treatment for an acute health event, they are largely disconnected from their provider and the continuing care they may need. In contrast, RPM improves outcomes in post-acute care by helping patients and providers manage short-term care after in-person treatment with remotely collected data. Programs educate patients on their condition and recovery needs while providing regular reminders, early interventions, post-discharge information, or medication adherence tracking. With the information garnered from PGHD, St Anthony’s providers are able to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments and customize care plans between patient visits.
Routine monitoring allows for intervention and education as early and as often as needed to keep the patient engaged, healthy, and adherent to their treatment programs. By continuously tracking the routine and biometric measurements of people with chronic conditions, providers are empowered to intervene earlier in disease progression, which helps prevent complications that can result in unnecessary in-person or hospital visits. Equipo simplifies these interventions so that they can be executed by a physician assistant; by a nurse or care manager. It empowers a care team with technology to more effectively intervene and manage treatments.
People with chronic conditions are rising at a staggering rate which pressurizes healthcare stakeholders to improve access to care with reduced number of resources, at the same time providing efficiency and effectiveness. Integrating such programs of care allows providers to improve health outcomes, lower costs, and take advantage of reimbursement opportunities. These programs also create space for operational efficiencies that: