By Alan Little
It is easy enough to grasp the value proposition that remote patient monitoring (RPM) has promised – the ability to “understand specifically who, within a cohort of patients, is in the greatest need of medical care, and direct clinical efforts accordingly.” RPM can enable us to focus costly resources (such as care nurses) on those that need immediate medical attention. It can also help us optimize how investments are made at many stops along the healthcare continuum. This concept of “managing by exception” is not new, nor unique.
While many agree with the potential benefits of RPM, there are just as many (probably the same group) who are confused by the lack of RPM adoption and are seeking ways to move the process forward.
If you are considering adoption, but don’t know where to start, consider these three important points:
- Don’t emphasize the technology; instead, place your efforts on adjusting the supporting work processes required to enable a scalable implementation.
- Read the literature on the value of RPM so that your organization can leapfrog a costly pilot project. We recommend the following resources: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/5-top-reasons-why-remote-patient-monitoring-is-destined-to-take-off.html
- Find an area within your organization that does not have to wait for a wholesale shift in reimbursement models for RPM to work. Instead, identify where financial risk exists. That’s likely a good place to start your design and implementation work.
We can help clients with implementation and integrate RPM into their healthcare service models. If you would like to learn more about how your own organization can have better control over what your patients are doing at home, please contact us at 510-525-1853.
Alan Little has served senior roles in health plans, consulting firms, and technology companies. He has practice leadership experience in strategy, operations, and technology. He is a Vice President in Freed Associates Southern California practice.