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How can remote patient monitoring impact hypertension?

How can remote patient monitoring impact hypertension?

Remote patient monitoring devices can track hypertension more accurately and closely than most doctors' offices are able to in a traditional office visit setting. Research has shown that Remote Patient Monitoring can reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure when compared to typical care plan and self monitoring. With continuous measurements and monitoring, the once silent killer can be detected earlier and treated with more personalized care. 

Choosing the best Remote Patient Monitoring offering can be a challenge for many physicians who are trying to scale their practices. A comprehensive Remote Patient Monitoring program should, above providing cellular devices to patients and an easy-to-use provider portal, include Population Health Management (PHM), white glove set-up, and AI assistance. These are important factors when it comes to choosing an RPM program and providing the best care for your patients. 

The most effective RPM offering will employ PHM reminders to alert staff of patients that report measurements out of their safe range, ensuring that the most at-risk patients are always prioritized. To accurately manage your patient population, proper onboarding is crucial. RPM companies with White Glove set-up will conduct eligible patient outreach, education, and enrollment. For scheduling, coaching, daily reminders and everything in between, the most comprehensive RPM company will utilize an AI virtual medical assistant for a 24/7, hands-on, additional staff member solely dedicated to remote patients. 

The best program will take care of your Remote Patient Monitoring start to finish so practitioners can focus on what matters most: the patient. 

What is remote hypertension pressure monitoring?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition in which the prolonged force of blood flow against artery walls is high enough to cause health complications, the most common being heart disease. Nearly half of all adults in the US suffer from hypertension. Hypertension can be caused by underlying or preexisting conditions as well as by lifestyle factors such as:

  • Diet
  • Weight
  • Stress
  • Alcohol consumption 

It is often referred to as the silent killer because many individuals do not experience or exhibit any symptoms. Early detection is crucial in the treatment of hypertension — this is where remote patient monitoring can become a crucial part of patient care. Remote hypertension monitoring is the process by which patients measure their blood pressure with at home monitoring devices. Remote patient monitoring allows those measurements to be automatically transmitted to clinicians in order to track patient data. 

Studies have shown that, when it comes to device design, user-centered Remote Patient Monitoring technology appeals to a wider range of ages, health statuses, and digital literacy levels, and also increases patient satisfaction. Patient usability in devices is one of the most important factors in Remote Patient Monitoring. Devices that are poorly designed and unaccessible to patients can result in an increase in user errors as well as low uptake and adherence rates. 

How can remote patient monitoring help hypertension?

Hypertension requires personalized and closely monitored care that, prior to remote patient monitoring, was unavailable to clinicians and their patients. RPM technology allows clinicians to gather more patient data from a distance, helping them to better understand, manage, and treat their patients' hypertension. 

Many times, one-off readings taken sporadically at doctors offices are inaccurate or insufficient when identifying and tracking hypertension. Continual blood pressure readings are essential, even after diagnosis, in order to prescribe the correct medication and dosage. Studies have shown that self monitoring, when employed by practitioners with the intent of prescribing the correct medication and dosage to patients, led to significantly lower blood pressure in patients. 

Remote patient monitoring companies make it easy for patients to use at home monitoring devices to keep track of their blood pressure and make it even easier for clinicians to access their patients' data. By employing best practices when measuring their blood pressure, patients can depend on efficient and accurate readings from the comfort of their home.

What happens if a patient's blood pressure is too high? 

Not only does RPM enable clinicians to monitor and access patient data, but it allows for early detection and intervention in the case of high blood pressure. In the event that a patient's reported blood pressure is dangerously high, an urgent alert will be sent to the clinician. This system is called Population Health Management and is used to identify patients that are outside of a safe range. This allows clinicians to review and attend to their most at-risk patients in a timely manner. 

When a patient reports a measurement outside of that safe range, dedicated medical staff members are notified immediately and triage patients to avoid the worsening of the condition or hospitalization. Population Health Management, or PHM, alerts are categorized as low, medium, and high, and their advanced warning can save patients' lives. These notifications also keep clinicians within the requirements of Medicare so that they can continue to be reimbursed. RPM enables patients to collect sufficient and accurate data from home, ensuring the proper diagnosis, management, prevention, and treatment of their hypertension.

Remote patient monitoring can help your patients with hypertension by providing continuous measurement and early detection of emergency health events. Book a demo to learn more about treating hypertensive patients with remote patient monitoring.

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