The evolution of medical systems is giving rise to connected health to access remote patient monitoring. Thanks to technological innovations, the doctor performs a teleconsultation and a follow-up by remote medical monitoring. Patients benefit from optimal prevention, which avoids certain trips and limits emergency hospitalizations.
What is remote patient monitoring?
Remote medical monitoring systems work with mobile medical devices, combined with new information technologies. Thanks to connected health or medical IoT, healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, caregivers) can regularly monitor the health status of patients.
Medical devices connected to sensors allow caregivers to record various information. For example, they can detect data from a blood pressure monitor, read blood sugar levels or monitor the user’s weight.
Monitoring software can interpret the collected data, establish care planning and monitor the patient remotely. Innovations in cellular networks and telehealth systems have enabled the development of remote patient monitoring devices.
Remote patient monitoring: what are the advantages?
The health crisis has enabled a considerable evolution in the fields of medical care, through the uses of connected health or medical IoT. Teleconsultation has many benefits for patients and caregivers.
On the one hand, people suffering from chronic pathologies can be treated at a distance and avoid contagions of transmissible diseases.
On the other hand, telehealth uses improve access to care for people living in remote geographical areas. These women may not seek medical attention because they do not have transportation or because they are discouraged by the travel time.
Telemedicine devices allow early detection of a health problem that can be managed in time. This avoids emergency hospitalizations. Moreover, doctors are more available for their patients’ consultations, they avoid making them wait in the waiting room.
The benefits of connected health
Today’s technologies are expanding the offering of remote medical consultation. Medical IoT induces connected health with medical devices tailored to patients’ needs. Thanks to objects connected to specific software, pathology prevention and medical monitoring are greatly improved.
For example, the connected blood pressure monitor measures blood pressure while the connected glucose monitor measures blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. The connected oximeter, on the other hand, can be used to calculate the pulse rate in asthma patients.