As patients today are using their smartphones, wearables, and home health devices to track their health regularly outside the hospital, leveraging this information within the clinical setting can be key to paint a better picture of a patient’s health and more accurately and deliberately deliver care.
In a roundtable conversation at the 2018 Connected Health Conference, leaders from all corners of healthcare discussed how to deploy and operationalize remote monitoring programs in a way that improves efficiencies for providers and patients while improving clinical outcomes. Roundtable participants agreed on some critical key steps:
- Making data actionable. Programs that simply integrate patient-generated health data (PGHD) into existing clinical systems are not enough; remote monitoring tools must derive meaningful insights via the aggregation, elevation, and visualization of key data so clinicians are able to quickly act.
- Building an integrated program. Providers are inundated with systems, tools, and high volumes of patients and their data. Programs must be easily accessible and usable within existing clinical workflows to add value. Likewise, remote monitoring tools should fit into the daily lives of patients to maximize success.
- Preparing for change. Change management is key to implementing new remote monitoring solutions, and leaders agree that setting clear up front goals, and iterating upon successes at scale is critical.
- Taking advantage of existing financial opportunities. New reimbursement codes from CMS, as well as opportunities from value-based payment models, are providing new ways for hospitals and health systems to support the growth of remote monitoring programs.
Lastly, participants noted the critical importance of ensuring that all stakeholders understand the value of remote monitoring. In order to evaluate the success of data-driven remote care programs, level-setting expectations and responsibilities is critical. Programs need clear objectives and goals. Before implementation, stakeholders should identify problems they expect the programs to solve.
Remote monitoring is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and it will not be effective for every patient. However, it offers immense value for many high-risk patients managing chronic conditions, and level-setting these goals is critical. In order to manage the growing number of high-risk patients while delivery a high level of quality care, enacting key strategic steps for the deployment of remote monitoring programs is essential. To learn more, read the latest white paper.