In the coming years, home healthcare organizations are likely to play a more critical role in patient care than ever before. The massive Baby Boomer population is nearing retirement age, and many of those individuals have a strong desire to remain as independent as possible. At the same time, this generation is dealing with many chronic illnesses that demand ongoing treatment and monitoring.
Home healthcare organizations will ensure that patients have the ability to stay as independent as possible, while giving them the high degree of care required to ensure high-quality outcomes. But even these organizations will have growing pains as they adjust to the influx of new patients.
That’s just one reason why home healthcare organizations are turning to remote patient monitoring solutions. In this series, we’ve covered how remote patient monitoring systems are improving the healthcare system on all fronts. In Parts 1 through 3 we delved into the benefits for patients, payers and healthcare providers. In part 4, we’ll look at how remote patient monitoring benefits home healthcare organizations.
Remote Patient Monitoring Benefits for Home Health Providers:
- Organizational Mobility
- Less Travel for Home Health Caregivers
- Streamlined Communications with the Patient’s Medical Network
- Home Healthcare Device and Technology Support
Let’s take a closer look below at how home healthcare organizations can benefit from a remote patient monitoring program:
Home healthcare organizations will have ample opportunities to grow in the coming years, as long as their resources aren’t overextended in the process of expansion. Remote patient monitoring technology gives home healthcare organizations the ability to scale more rapidly by keeping infrastructure expenses down while simultaneously creating conditions that are optimal for increasing caregiver productivity.
Less Travel for Home Health Caregivers
Remote care isn’t just a benefit for your patients. If they are able to get the treatment they need at home, that means home healthcare organizations will be able to move away from the challenges associated with travel. This could mean anything from maintaining a fleet of service vehicles, to the actual time spent on the road. Remote patient monitoring technology allows home healthcare organizations to focus on providing quality patient care.
Streamlined Communications with the Patient’s Medical Network
Caregivers from home healthcare organizations are on the front lines, working with patients every day on a 1-to-1 basis. But in order to provide the highest quality care, it is critical that they have convenient access to the other members of the patient’s medical network. Remote patient monitoring systems offer a centralized platform through which these individuals—other doctors, specialists, payers—can communicate, and act, quickly.
Home Healthcare Device and Technology Support
The caregivers you deploy may be brilliant medical professionals, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily qualified to manage and maintain the connected devices and other technology being used by patients. Remote patient monitoring systems typically offer IT consultation and support that allows your caregivers to offload the responsibility and return their focus to the patient.
Remote patient monitoring technology has the potential to fundamentally change healthcare for the better. But before you get started, it is vital to find a telehealth services provider that can help you tailor the program to your specific needs.