Physician Reimbursement for Remote Patient Monitoring: The Changing Paradigm

Americans are growing sicker and older at an accelerating rate, placing more and more pressure on an already stressed healthcare system. Organizations that can manage the health of populations efficiently and cost effectively, providing education, assessments, predictions, and interventions, will be poised for success.

Finding ways to leverage technology to help to guide and monitor patients at home both allows clinical teams to reach more patients, identify at-risk patients, improve outcomes, and become more efficient.

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) provides an avenue for healthcare providers to change lives for the better – engaging patients to take an active role in their own health and allowing providers to detect problems early before costs and complications escalate.

Improving outcomes through remote patient monitoring

Innovations in RPM are revolutionizing healthcare. Nokia and iGetBetter, for example, collaborated to manage patients with chronic heart failure to reduce readmission rates and excessive use of emergency department resources. Patients received a weight scale and wireless blood pressure cuff, sending data to a care coordinator to measure and record vital signs. The project achieved remarkable outcomes, including 81% fewer emergency department admissions, 92% fewer patient encounters, and 68% fewer cardiology visits.

Our hospital clients have seen a 45% reduction in readmissions and 54% fewer complications compared to national benchmarks.

These remote monitoring innovations are changing the way healthcare is delivered, improving outcomes and reducing costs. As a result, digital health innovations continue to proliferate.

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