The trend: Remote patient monitoring (RPM) adoption more than doubled from 2016 to 2022, per the September 2022 American Medical Association Digital AMA Health Research report.
Improving care vs. boosting efficiency: The AMA survey distinguishes between RPM of devices for efficiency vs. devices that improve care.
Zooming out: Other research also shows growing interest in RPM.
The benefits: RPM can help keep patients out of the hospital and manage readmissions. And using the tools can bring efficiencies to practice management, even though more doctors see their value for improving care. That’s because heart rate monitors, sleep monitors, and other internet-connected health management devices can automatically share data with the prescribing provider.
The counterpoint: Even though doctors see efficiency as a benefit of RPM, they’re struggling with finding the resources to use these tools.
What’s next? Though both physicians and patients show they’re enthusiastic about RPM devices, RPM device prescriptions are lagging behind these positive sentiments. More doctors could prescribe RPM devices such as blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, and continuous glucose meters so they can better manage patient data and also use it during telehealth sessions. Plus, patients will get a better handle on chronic conditions.
Go deeper: Read more about RPM trends in our report US Remote Patient Monitoring Forecast 2021.
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