For 8 in 10 older Americans who have at least one chronic disease, remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices are essential. But in reality, people of all ages are finding out that remote patient monitoring devices may help them live healthier, simpler lives.
Whether you’re acting as a caregiver to someone who’s homebound or you’re considering remote patient monitoring devices because Medicare will cover the costs, now is an ideal time to look into RPM devices.
Four remote patient monitoring devices to consider:
1. Blood pressure cuff
A blood pressure cuff offers fast, accurate readings that can be automatically sent to providers without any extra steps for the patient. Our blood pressure cuffs come ready to use out of the box — no smartphone, app, Bluetooth, or WiFi needed.
What can a blood pressure cuff help with?
High blood pressure
Hypertension wears away at blood vessels over time, which can increase a person’s risk of a heart attack or stroke. Monitoring blood pressure daily can prevent these increases, and allow providers to make educated decisions about patient care.
White coat syndrome
This condition occurs when a patient’s blood pressure reads at higher levels in a clinical setting than at home. Many times this is due to anxiety caused by an office visit, which is something remote patient monitoring devices can fix.
2. Digital weight scale
A smart scale allows providers to monitor key changes in a patient’s weight that may be important when treating issues such as congestive heart failure (CHF) or obesity. Our scales come fully configured and ready to use, with data that streams automatically to providers when recorded.
What can a digital weight scale help with?
Congestive heart failure
When a patient has CHF, gaining even 2 pounds can indicate that their body is retaining fluids, which is dangerous. If a provider is constantly receiving this information, it will be easier for them to make a call, prescribe a diuretic, change a prescription or schedule a visit.
Obesity can lead to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. It’s also one disease where what happens in between doctor’s visits makes all the difference. Regular weigh-ins using remote patient monitoring devices allow providers to gauge progress and offer support.
Rapid weight loss
Just as rapid weight gain is cause for concern, so is rapid weight loss. It’s important to find the cause of any major weight changes, especially for people with co-occurring conditions. A digital scale can help alert a provider that it’s time to investigate the cause of a change.
3. Blood glucose monitor
A blood glucose monitor is crucial for patients with diabetes so providers can gauge levels and take action.
Our glucose monitoring system consists of:
The meter itself
Test strips, and
The control solution.
Our meter uses a small drop of blood to produce an electrical current, which is read by the meter. Within 5 seconds, that reading is sent directly to the provider, who can analyze it and view trends in glucose levels over time.
What does a blood glucose meter help with?
Type 1 diabetes
While this chronic illness stays with patients for life, type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to define anyone’s life. Because our meter automatically streams data to a provider with no user intervention, monitoring becomes second nature.
Type 2 diabetes
The most common type of diabetes, type 2 diabetes can cause serious damage to nerves, kidneys and other organs, especially when not properly controlled. Remote patient monitoring devices help prevent these complications, and allow both patients and providers to take action early.
4. Emergency watch
One in 4 US seniors falls each year, and falls are only one reason an emergency watch can save a life. A watch can monitor everything from changes in heart rate and patient activity levels to emergency situations. The watch can also enable patients to get help if they’re ill or injured — no smartphone, app, Bluetooth, or WiFi required.
What can an emergency watch help with?
Again, falls are the No. 1 reason seniors end up in the hospital. Being able to call emergency services with one push of a button — from anywhere, no Internet required — can be lifesaving.
For the more than 40% of seniors who suffer from obesity, monitoring activity levels on a daily basis is key to changing behaviors. An emergency watch can stream step count and heart rate so providers can intervene as needed.
Congestive heart failure
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