The shift from traditional remote patient monitoring (RPM) to accurately judging a patient’s health in real time is happening fast.
It should be mentioned that outside of the business, the difference between online patient monitoring and full-time tracking has not been made clear enough. So, sometimes there are mistakes in the information that is available. For example, some reports, papers, and blogs say that RPM is real-time tracking, but this is not true. This is most likely because these are still new tools and not because anyone is trying to trick them.
In an ICU, high-risk, long-term patients are constantly watched. With constant online tracking, these patients can use the same tools and have access to the same providers as ICU patients.
Patients with diseases like congestive heart failure (CHF), for example, may feel fine most of the time, but they often have trouble moving when they are stressed. Some of the more serious signs include a faster breathing rate or even trouble breathing. Clinicians have been able to help people with CHF live easily and effectively for decades, and many of them still do.
In the past, these signs could have meant a trip to the emergency room or a weekend in the ICU. This seemed like a good idea at the time, but a recent study in the journal Critical Care Medicine found that online constant tracking could help hospitals save $20,000 per bed per year. The top 5% of chronic patients account for 50% of yearly health care spending, which comes to about $50,000 per patient, according to the Commonwealth Fund.
By keeping an eye on a CHF patient’s vital signs all the time, doctors can know right away if the condition is getting worse and help the patient take steps to avoid a medical problem. A trip to the hospital is much more stressful for the patient and costs a lot more money. Millions of people with chronic diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obstructive sleep apnea could benefit from constant online tracking.
LifeSigns’ Intelligent Monitoring System can monitor multiple parameters of several patients continuously. It proves to be a one-stop solution for multi-patient, multi-parameter monitoring in India. The iMS biosensor accurately measures 2-channel ECG, SPo2, BP, HR, body temperature, and RR. The future of healthcare is wireless and digital, and LifeSigns envisions leading the industry in bringing forth technology solutions for improved outcomes across the board.
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