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How can remote patient monitoring impact obesity?

How can remote patient monitoring impact obesity?

Remote Patient Monitoring is a revolutionary solution to the extremely prevalent and difficult to manage condition, Obesity, that afflicts roughly 42 percent of the adult American population. This percentage has risen dramatically from 31 percent just 20 years prior. When left untreated or unmanaged, obesity can lead to serious health issues such as diabetes or heart failure. Tracking patients well being through continuous monitoring can help prevent the progression of weight gain in obese patients, prevent life threatening emergencies ,and in many cases, can help patients to lose weight. Remote Patient Monitoring can help your patients manage obesity by keeping both practitioners and patients informed on patterns in weight gain and loss, assists physicians with the titration of medication, and can help practitioners establish personalized weight management plans.

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 obesity monitoring?

Remote obesity monitoring is the process by which patients use an at-home digital scale to measure their weight on a daily basis; measurements which are directly transmitted to practitioners. Continuous monitoring allows practitioners to track and care for patients between in-person visits. By relying less on sporadic weigh-ins during in-person visits, practitioners can use daily measurements to identify patterns as well as the efficacy of medication and weight management plans.

Remote obesity monitoring differs from other forms of RPM as it benefits the patient not only by providing them with personalized and effective treatment, but remote obesity monitoring can actually contribute to patient weight loss. It has been suggested that patients who weigh themselves everyday were more likely to gain greater weight control behaviors and lose more weight than those who weighed themselves most days of the week. The daily measurements required by remote obesity monitoring are not only a means of preventing health emergencies and treating obesity related illnesses, but they are also an effective weight loss tool.

How can Remote Patient Monitoring help with obesity?

Remote Patient Monitoring has a variety of applications, but can specifically help patients with obesity by identifying potential lifestyle changes that may go undetected during infrequent doctors visits. Telehealth is a comfortable and safe way of approaching the sometimes difficult to broach subject of weight. Remote Patient Monitoring has been associated with significant changes in body weight as a means of ensuring the health and safety of obese patients who may be at risk for life threatening obesity related illnesses. When compared to the traditional approaches taken when attempting to manage or treat obesity, RPM was found to be more effective in facilitating weight control, behavioral changes, and lifestyle changes. RPM also provides a cost effective, accessible, and easy to use solution to the issue of adult obesity. 

With the expansion of RPM comes even more patient and practitioner benefits, including access to cutting edge artificial intelligence technology. Virtual health assistants powered by AI are the future of healthcare and there is currently only one Remote Patient Monitoring company offering comprehensive AI care. Patients who have interacted with this personable and engaging AI virtual health assistant have believed it to be human. This effective and efficient machine can save practices copious amounts of valuable time. With AI acting as an extra staff member by taking care of day to day office administration, physicians are able to focus more on their patients and offer them better, more attentive care.

What happens if a patient reports dangerous weight levels?

RPM not only allows practitioners to identify trends and patterns in patient weight gain and loss, but it also allows for early detection and prevention of other obesity related illnesses. If a patient reports a weight that is outside of their usual range, or outside of a safe range, an urgent alert will be sent to the patient's practitioner. These urgent alerts are distributed through systems referred to as Population Health Management. These systems are used to identify patients who may be at risk for emergency and alert designated staff to take immediate action. PHM enables practitioners to use RPM to assess, prioritize, and tend to their most at-risk patients.

As little as a 2-3 pound change in an obese patient can indicate that the patient is at risk for heart failure as the slight increase in weight might suggest a change in the patients water retention. For obese patients who also suffer from Chronic Heart Failure, immediate intervention has been proven to be the most crucial and effective RPM method when managing obesity and CHF. RPM allows practitioners to intervene in time to prevent crises such as these. For obese patients without CHF, obesity is still a likely contributor to heart failure, even if traditionally known markers of heart disease are absent. 

Remote patient monitoring can help your patients with obesity by providing daily monitoring and prevention of obesity related illnesses. Book a demo to learn more about treating and managing obese patients with remote patient monitoring.

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