Submitted by Nadine
Fisher, MS, RD/LD
you seen the acronym RPM used lately
in health care? If not, you will soon. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a
form of ambulatory or mobile health that fits under the umbrella of telehealth.
RPM allows patients to use mobile devices to send information or data to a
health care professional in real time.
forms of RPM technology include devices such as glucose meters for patients
with diabetes and heart or blood pressure monitors for cardiac patients.
Overweight patients may use devices to measure activity levels and respiration.
It is possible to send the data collected by these devices to a personal health
record (PHR) or directly to an electronic health record (EHR). These devices
may sync to computer programs, smartphones, and tablets using Bluetooth® or
other wireless technology.
data from these devices are collected in a database in the PHR/EHR, where
health care providers can review real-time objective information. Frail elderly
and chronically ill patients who need closer monitoring currently use RPM. RPM monitoring
provides a way to rapidly intervene if conditions change.
is a cost-effective way to care for high-risk patients. In a recent report by
Juniper Research, it was estimated that RPM will save the world’s health care
systems up to $36 billion by 2018. GBI Research predicts an estimated market of
$296.5 million in the United States alone by 2019. Last year, Juniper predicted
that 3 million patients will use remote monitoring over cellular networks by