Telehealth is Here to Stay: How Physicians and Patients are Embracing Digital Healthcare

David Medeiros
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In the era of digital connectivity and ever-evolving healthcare technology, patients seek seamless digital communication integration into their healthcare experiences. A positive side effect of the pandemic has been the eruption of telehealth. According to the Harvard Business Review, Medicare telehealth utilization showed a 63-fold increase during the pandemic. 

Furthermore, nearly 90% of patients express their eagerness to take a more active role in their health journey. This blog post explores the intersection between these patient expectations and the transformative potential of remote patient monitoring (RPM) in supporting patient empowerment and engagement in the digital age. 

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The Demand for Digital Communication on Par with In-Person Care:

People have become accustomed to convenience, instant communication, and personalized experiences. Traditional healthcare models are facing the challenge of meeting these evolving patient expectations. A recent survey findings highlight that a majority of patients, representing 62%, desire digital communication methods that can replicate the depth and quality of their in-person healthcare experiences. Patients seek seamless communication channels that enable easy access to healthcare providers, timely responses to inquiries, and personalized care that goes beyond physical consultations.


Empowering Patients through Remote Patient Monitoring:

Gone are the days when patients were passive recipients of healthcare services. In the current landscape, patients are increasingly seeking an active role in their health journeys. The survey demonstrates that almost 90% of patients desire to participate more in managing their health. This shift indicates a growing patient awareness about the importance of their involvement in decision-making, treatment plans, and health outcomes. Patients want to be informed, engaged, and empowered throughout their healthcare journeys.

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) is a valuable tool to bridge the gap between patient expectations and the digital healthcare experience. RPM utilizes advanced technologies such as wearable devices, mobile applications, and telehealth platforms to collect and transmit patient health data to healthcare providers in real time. This data-driven approach enables healthcare professionals to monitor patients remotely, providing timely interventions, personalized feedback, and continuous support.


The Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring:

Enhanced Communication: RPM facilitates ongoing communication between patients and healthcare providers. Patients can effortlessly share health data, concerns, and questions, while healthcare providers can provide guidance, education, and reassurance. This continuous communication builds trust, strengthens the patient-provider relationship, and ensures patients receive timely and appropriate care.

Personalized Care: By harnessing RPM, healthcare providers can gain deeper insights into patients' health conditions, trends, and patterns. This data empowers healthcare professionals to deliver personalized care plans, tailored interventions, and targeted health advice. Patients benefit from individualized treatment strategies, significantly improving their health outcomes.

Patient Empowerment and Engagement: RPM actively involves patients in their own healthcare management. By monitoring their health metrics and receiving real-time feedback, patients become more informed about their conditions and the impact of lifestyle choices on their health. This knowledge empowers patients to make proactive decisions, adhere to treatment plans, and take charge of their well-being.


The Potential of RPM

As patient expectations for digital communication on par with in-person care continue to rise, remote patient monitoring emerges as a powerful tool to support patient empowerment and engagement. By leveraging advanced technologies and near real-time data, RPM fosters ongoing communication, personalizes care, and allows patients to play an active role in their health journeys. Healthcare providers and organizations must recognize the transformative potential of RPM and integrate it into their care models to meet the evolving needs of patients and deliver patient-centered, technology-driven healthcare experiences.

To learn more about Accuhealth and the benefits of RPM, see the links below: 

  1. How to Set Up Your Remote Patient Monitoring System
  2. The Complete Guide to Remote Patient Monitoring

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Accuhealth is proud to feature content from industry-leading experts that contribute in-depth knowledge of Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth subject matter to our blog.

David Medeiros

David Medeiros

David Medeiros is a Remote Patient Monitoring expert with 10 years of clinical, telehealth and home care experience, specifically in Remote Patient Monitoring. With his team, David has been able to develop RPM/Telehealth from the early pilot years, to the industry leading juggernaut that Accuhealth is today.

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