Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is gaining substantial tractionwith healthcare providers nationwide, and for good reason. RPM lets healthcare professionals manage a wide range of patient conditions with enhanced clinical efficiency while providing patients better care at lower costs.

Although healthcare providers have typically been using telehealth and RPM solutions to assist patients with chronic conditions or recovering from an acute care episode, its use has increased significantly across various patient populations due to its benefits.

As such, incorporating RPM into your practice can be a worthwhile investment for the future, but keep in mind that there are several factors to consider before you begin, chief of which is determining which patient population you want to provide RPM services for.

Selecting a Patient Population for RPM Deployment

Healthcare organizations could consider starting a RPM program for specific conditions. This can be used as a trial run to see how RPM works while allowing your organization and staff to familiarize themselves with the platform and devices.

In this method, you will have to choose a specific patient population as your primary RPM focus. If that RPM program proves successful, you can start implementing RPM solutions for different types of patient populations at your healthcare facility.

As for selecting a patient population, it will depend on a number of factors, namely:

  • What types of patient populations are commonly treated at your facility?
  • What patient populations typically prove most costly to your organization?
  • What is the digital literacy of these patient populations?
  • How much training is needed to deploy RPM for a specific patient group?

What Patient Populations Are Best Suited for RPM Programs?

Whether it's short-term or long-term care, many patient populations can benefit significantly from RPM solutions. Here are a few of them listed below:

1. Orthopedics

Telehealth brings post-surgical recovery or physical therapy rehabilitation directly into the patient's home by enabling virtual follow-up, virtual physical therapy, and orthopedic symptom monitoring. Surgical teams are able to interact with patients remotely via virtual multidisciplinary rounds.

Must-Have RPM Features:

PatientDirect Mobile

Biometric monitoring

Check List

Symptom surveys



2. Chronic Care Management 

RPM and telehealth allow providers to monitor their patients' symptoms and vitals in real time, track medication adherence, provide virtual visits, and educate patients about their condition.

With an RPM solution, the patient takes an active role in their own care, which leads to behavioral changes and improved outcomes over time. The independence promoted by RPM and telehealth improves the clinical staff's capacity to manage the program.

Must-Have RPM Features:

Education (1)

Educational resources

PatientDirect Mobile

Biometric monitoring



3. Cardiology & Cardiovascular Services 

RPM can assist patients with cardiac conditions via hypertension management, medication titration and management, and real-time symptom and vital signs monitoring. Additionally, you can utilize virtual care via a tablet or mobile app for routine care visits as well as triaging purposes when there is an exacerbation.

Must-Have RPM Features:

Stethoscope

ECG + digital stethoscope

Magnifying Glass with Chart

Data analytics



4. Cardiopulmonary Rehab 

Telehealth enables providers to provide multidisciplinary (PT, OT, RD) in-home virtual care while assessing the patient's biometrics, symptoms, and tolerance to exercise.

Must-Have RPM Features:

Desktop Computer with Medical Cross

Virtual visits

Running

Activity tracking



5. Prenatal & Postpartum 

Telehealth allows providers to remotely monitor the physical and emotional health of prenatal and postpartum women, particularly those at risk. Telehealth visits improve access while reducing patient burden. Symptom surveys and the PHQ9 assessment can also support and monitor the patient's emotional needs.

Furthermore, healthcare providers can use telehealth to monitor for postpartum hypertension, depression, and other conditions during the postpartum period, while the new parent stays home safely with their newborn.

Must-Have RPM Features:

PatientDirect Mobile

Biometric monitoring

Check List

Symptom surveys



6. Endocrinology 

Using RPM data, endocrinologists can make necessary changes to the patient's care plan that drive beneficial behavior change. Patients can also access a wealth of educational content from a tablet or smartphone with an easy-to-use interface to better understand their condition.

Must-Have RPM Features:

Education (1)

Educational resources

PatientDirect Mobile

Biometric monitoring



7. Oncology  

Cancer patients frequently have complex symptoms that necessitate close clinical supervision. RPM allows the provider to remotely monitor the patients' symptoms, improving satisfaction, and reducing symptom exacerbation and escalation. Furthermore, patients, clinicians, and family members can participate in a virtual visit to celebrate progress and stay connected despite physical distances.

Must-Have RPM Features:

Patient Checklist

Symptom monitoring

Desktop Computer with Medical Cross

Virtual visits



8. Bariatrics 

Following bariatric surgery, RPM solutions and telehealth can assist a patient in adhering to dietary guidelines, medication, and an exercise regimen while providing educational tools on surgical recovery.

Must-Have RPM Features:

Desktop Computer with Medical Cross

Virtual visits

Education (1)

Educational resources



9. Pulmonology 

By providing tools for symptom management, vital sign monitoring, and patient-provider communication, RPM can aid in managing COPD, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. With telehealth and RPM, pulmonologists can help patients adhere to their asthma or COPD treatment plans, specifically their medications.

Must-Have RPM Features:

Desktop Computer with Medical Cross

Virtual visits

PatientDirect Mobile

Biometric monitoring



10. Behavioral Health 

With virtual care and symptom surveys, providers can track their patients' mental health and intervene if there is a noticeable decline. Patients can improve their health literacy and care plan compliance using the embedded PHQ9 survey, educational videos, and quizzes.

Must-Have RPM Features:

Must-Have RPM Features:

Check List

Symptom surveys

Desktop Computer with Medical Cross

Virtual visits



11. Diabetes 

With blood sugar tracking and access to virtual care, implementing RPM into diabetes care management can lead to improved adherence, better symptom management, and positive lifestyle and behavioral changes, all of which can lead to better results and the avoidance of diabetes-related complications.

Must-Have RPM Features:

PatientDirect Mobile

Symptom surveys

PatientDirect Mobile

Biometric monitoring



Benchmarks for Success—How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your RPM Solution 

Once you've started implementing RPM for your patient population of choice, it's critical to assess how effective it is for the patients who are receiving them. This informs you how well the program is going and what adjustments you need to make to ensure its continued success.

Among the quality metrics that can help with this include:

  • Readmission rate
  • Emergency department utilization
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Length of stay
  • Patient medication compliance
  • Patient adherence to vitals and surveys

By quantifying these metrics, you can determine the next steps for your RPM program based on the results.

Let Us Help You On Your RPM and Telehealth Journey

Selecting a patient population on which to focus your RPM services is only the first step. A significant part of telehealth and RPM is having the right tools and systems that patients and providers are comfortable using.

From the monitoring devices and platform to installation and training, HRS is here to assist in effectively implementing RPM solutions, helping reduce admission, improve patient care, and save costs.

To learn more about the use cases for telehealth & RPM, download our Free infographic below 👇16 Care Settings & Use Cases for RPM