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Remote Patient Monitoring Devices 

 

Using RPM devices, healthcare providers can track their patients’ acute or chronic diseases while they are away from the hospital or clinic. Real-time information on a patient’s disease status allows the clinician to make proactive clinical decisions, allowing for better patient outcomes. Devices that track the health of a patient from a distance encourage that person to be more actively involved in and aware of his or her own condition on a daily basis. More long-term benefits to health are more likely for patients who use RPM devices on a daily basis. 

Here are the lists of Remote Patient Monitoring Devices: 

Blood Pressure Cuff 

The heart rate and blood flow of a patient are calculated using the arterial motion of a blood pressure cuff. The Bluetooth blood pressure cuff communicates data in real-time to the practitioner for inspection in comparison to the standard blood pressure cuff we’ve all used in the doctor’s office. Regular blood pressure monitoring can help treat a variety of conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF), and renal disease. At-home blood pressure monitors are excellent for any sickness with hypertension symptoms, such as diabetes or heart disease.  

Over the course of a year, regular blood pressure monitoring provides an accurate picture of a person’s heart health. Using a blood pressure monitor can also help prevent “white coat hypertension,” which occurs when a patient’s blood pressure is higher in the doctor’s office than it is at home. On the other hand, daily blood pressure monitoring helps prevent “disgusted hypertension,” which occurs when a patient’s blood pressure is normal in the doctor’s office but elevated after the patient returns home. 

Glucometer 

If you have a glucometer, you can check your glucose levels by dabbing a small amount of blood onto a test strip before plugging it in. Put some of your own blood glucose into a test strip to get an accurate reading of your blood sugar levels. After that, the provider receives an immediate notification of the outcome. 

Type 1 and type 2 diabetics use glucometers to check their blood sugar levels on a regular basis, often many times a day. A glucometer is an effective instrument for better understanding a patient’s blood sugar and diabetic symptoms. A person’s health is influenced by a variety of factors, including medication side effects, diet, exercise, and stress or sickness. 

Oximeter for measuring oxygen saturation in the blood 

The pulse oximeter is a non-invasive clip that is attached to the patient’s finger (or occasionally the earlobe) and monitors light wavelengths that indicate blood oxygen level. Pulse rate can also be monitored using this instrument. Pulse oximeters are used to screen for COVID-19 in patients with chronic illnesses including COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or heart failure (CHF). They’re also an excellent choice for those suffering from pneumonia and asthma. Healthcare practitioners utilize pulse oximetry in order to track changes in lung function. COVID-19 sufferers are often diagnosed with low blood oxygen levels because of this. 

ECG and Stethoscope 

An ECG measures the electrical activity of the heart, whereas a stethoscope listens to the heart and lungs. Those suffering from heart disorders such as arrhythmias or coronary artery disease are frequently tested using an ECG. When used with a stethoscope, which amplifies internal body noises, a healthcare worker can listen for abnormalities in the heart, lungs, and bowels. ECG and digital stethoscopes are being used by several clients to record virtual heart and lung sounds. The patient can monitor their own health, and the results can be forwarded immediately to the doctor for review, either in real-time via virtual visits or recorded in the portal for subsequent clinical assessment by the doctor. 

A stethoscope listens for heart and lung sounds, while an ECG monitors the heart’s electrical activity. ECGs are widely used to diagnose heart conditions such as arrhythmias and coronary artery disease. Stethoscopes allow the physician to hear the heart, lungs, and bowels more clearly. 

Remote patient monitoring is possible with the DUO, an all-in-one cardiac evaluation device. As a result, patients can benefit from earlier detection and more tailored treatment. 

Wearables (Activity Trackers and Continuous Monitoring) 

Patients’ steps, heart rate, fall risk, and sleep habits can all be tracked with the help of wearable activity trackers. It is important for clinicians to have access to patients’ diaries in order to better understand how their daily routines influence their health and symptoms. Healthcare providers can use the activity’s data to help customize a treatment plan for a specific patient. In terms of fitness trackers, Fitbit and Apple Watch are headliners. Some wearables allow for continuous monitoring via a patch or a sticker. Patients’ symptoms and biometric data can be continuously tracked using these skin-attached devices. A single wearable device can keep track of all of a patient’s vitals. 

Thermometer 

Using a Bluetooth thermometer, a healthcare provider can rapidly and correctly monitor a patient’s fever (body temperature) and proceed with therapy. Several Bluetooth thermometers are now available, including non-touch digital thermometers that scan the forehead (temporal artery) and contact thermometers that are most commonly placed under the patient’s tongue. Fever, for example, can be used to identify COVID-19, the flu, or any number of other illnesses. The presence of a fever may indicate a worsening of symptoms in other diseases. 

Bluetooth Scale 

With the use of Bluetooth scales, both the patient and the healthcare professional may keep track of weight changes over time to verify that symptoms are not getting worse and, if they are, to take appropriate action. This is crucial, especially for CHF patients whose weight changes are frequently brought on by water retention. Given that weight growth is sometimes one of the most important signs of a deteriorating CHF, it is essential that the provider can track weight fluctuations. 

Bluetooth scales offer self-management for obese patients, motivating them to assume responsibility and spot patterns in their behavior. Obesity is a major risk factor for many diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and several types of cancer, so it must be proactively managed. 

The use of patient monitoring devices enables healthcare providers to acquire a fuller picture of their patients’ health, rather than only during a single encounter. With the help of these tools, providers can do their obligations more effectively, more efficiently, and in a more data-driven way. 

People are increasingly placing a high importance on accessibility and usability when it comes to health care delivery. Healthcare institutions all around the country have embraced RPM, and they are seeing the benefits of doing so right now. 

At Doral Health and Wellness, we use remote patient monitoring devices that enable patients to take an active role in their health and observe patterns in their condition, giving them greater control over their care. HouseCalls Home Care is a full-service New York State-licensed Home Care agency that provides a wide range of home health services. Kindly contact us through email at info@housecallshc.org or call us on +1-718-922-9200. You can log onto https://housecallshc.org/ for more information. Our offices are located at 1950 Fulton Street, New York, 11233. We have a team of competent healthcare professionals including physical, occupational, and respiratory therapists.

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